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'They’ve settled in well': McGeady encouraged by Horgan and Boyle progress

The Irish duo completed their move from Dundalk to Preston on January 1.

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AIDEN MCGEADY IS confident former Dundalk stars Daryl Horgan and Andy Boyle have what it takes to succeed at Preston North End.

The pair completed their move from the League of Ireland champions on January 1, with Horgan enjoying a decent run of form since his debut.

The winger has impressed in his three appearances for the Championship club and comparisons have been drawn between Horgan and his teammate McGeady, who’s on a season-long loan from Everton.

“From what I’ve seen Daryl is his own man,” McGeady told the Lancashire Evening Post.

“Whether we are similar I’m not too sure. He’s quite direct and likes to get at players. It’s been a good move for both Daryl and Andy Boyle, coming from the League of Ireland.

“This is their chance to make that step-up to Championship football.”

Horgan made his Preston debut off the bench in the FA Cup defeat to Arsenal, before contributing an assist in their 2-0 victory over Brighton the following week. He arrived off the bench after an hour in the 2-2 draw against Aston Villa last Saturday.

Boyle was an unused substitute for that tie, but did get some game time earlier this week in a behind closed doors friendly against Bury.

McGeady first came across Horgan and Boyle at Republic of Ireland training last October and Preston boss Simon Grayson sought his advice before signing them.

“I knew them, I spoke to them quite a bit while I was away,” he said. “The manager actually asked me about them before they signed.

“I was saying ‘to be honest, I’ve not seen that much because I only trained with them for three or four days but from what I’ve seen they look good’.

“They might want to give me a little bit because I put in a good word for them!

“They’ve settled in well, it is the same with any player that comes here, they just seem to settle in well to the group.”

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