Preston North End manager Alex Neil has insisted that forward Graham Burke could still have a future at the club, as reported by the Lancashire Post.
The 25-year-old left Deepdale on Deadline Day, making a temporary switch to League One strugglers Gillingham after scoring just twice in fifteen appearances for Preston since the beginning of the season.
He made his debut for the Gills on Saturday, featuring as the club salvaged a point against Coventry City in dramatic fashion. Despite sanctioning a loan move for the Republic of Ireland international, Neil has insisted that Burke’s days at the club may not be numbered:
“Graham just needs to play, he is a good lad who trains really well and is a great professional.
“He has been frustrated this season because he’s not had a lot of game-time. Graham’s not had the chance to play in his best position a lot either. Sean Maguire having been missing damaged Graham too because I think they would have linked up well together. We had to be fair to him, let him go on loan to get the games he needs.
“What we will do is revisit it in the summer. Graham will come back and we’ll see where we are. We will have a look at him over the course of pre-season and then it is down to him.”
The Dublin-born forward ascended the ranks of Aston Villa’s academy but failed to make an impact and joined Notts County in 2015. He then joined Shamrock Rovers in 2017 but was brought back to England by Neil last summer after shining in his country of birth,
Burke will be keen to rejuvenate his career with Gillingham and will be hoping to operate behind a striker after failing to be utilised in that position at Deepdale:
“It’s a great chance for me to play some football because I haven’t played much this season.
“It’s an opportunity to come and do well and go back to Preston to give the manager a headache.
I like to play off the striker, in the No.10 role – I like to get on the ball, create things and chip in with goals.”
Burke will be hoping to open his League One account for the season when Gillingham host Barnsley on Saturday,