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Alex Neil explains why Preston North End sold Daryl Horgan

Preston North End headcoach Alex Neil has told the Lancashire Evening Post that he sold Daryl Horgan as he couldn’t guarantee him a spot in his first team.

The 26-year-old striker signed for Preston in January 2017 after he became a household name in Ireland after leading Dundalk to the Champions League play-offs, making them the first Irish team to do so. But despite coming into the club with a lot of hype, he struggled to hold onto a spot in the first team. In his time at Deepdale, he scored three goals in 40 appearances.

This led Preston to sell Horgan last week with the former Sligo Rovers man completing a move to Scottish side Hibernian. When asked why he sold Horgan, Neil revealed that he was very keen on getting more caps for the Republic of Ireland and when told he couldn’t guarantee that he’d get a first team spot at Preston, the deal was made to sell him.

He said: “I had a great relationship with Daryl, he’s a good lad who works really hard.”

“I had a conversation with him in the summer and I think his international manager had said to him if he doesn’t play more frequently he is going to struggle to get into squads.”

“That means a lot to Daryl, playing for his country.”

“At the end of last season I gave him my word that if he wasn’t going to get game time here, then we would make sure we wouldn’t stall his career.”

“I didn’t see him getting ahead of the other lads we have in that position and I had to be honest with him.”

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