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Preston Manager Reveals Why Daryl Horgan Left The Club

Former Dundalk star Daryl Horgan joined Hibernian from Preston North End at the weekend.

Horgan had joined the Championship side in 2017, and made a series of appearances in the latter half of the 2016/17 season. But after the appointment of Alex Neil as manager, the 26-year-old was restricted to making substitute appearances last season.

This loss of game time helped inform a decision that was, according to Neil, prompted by a stark warning from Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill.

“He was told if he didn’t play enough games he would struggle to get in to the national side”, Neil told the media this morning.

“That is very important for him and I couldn’t promise him the game time he needed. He’s a good lad and works hard, it was only fair to let him progress his career.

“Daryl is a top lad, it’s not as easy to be nice when you’re not playing every week but that’s his character. I don’t think he was able to play to his best because of the way we play, and sometimes different styles suit different players. He will do well up there.”

For his part, Hibs boss Neil Lennon was delighted to get a player that he was ‘keen on for a long time’.

Horgan made his debut for the Scottish side in their 1-1 draw with St. Johnstone yesterday, coming on as a substitute in the 63rd minute.

The winger has earned four caps for the senior Irish team thus far, and does require sustained playing time if he is to force his way into O’Neill’s plans for the upcoming Euro 2020 campaign.

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