Former Dundalk and Cork City winger Daryl Horgan joins Hibernian from Preston North End

Sun, Aug 12 2018

Horgan signs a Cork City top for a young fan ahead of Preston's recent friendly with Cobh Ramblers at Turner's Cross. Credit: Steve Alfred

Republic of Ireland winger Daryl Horgan has joined Scottish Premiership side Hibernian from Preston North End on a three-year deal.

The Galwayman had been expected to stay at Deepdale after coming on as a substitute in the Lilywhites' opening league win over Queens Park Rangers last week.

The former Dundalk and Cork City man has opted instead to make the switch to Edinburgh, where he will work under former Northern Ireland international Neil Lennon.

"I am delighted to have made the move to Hibs,” Horgan told the club's official website.

"I've spoken to the manager and am excited for his plans for the season ahead.

"Obviously the boys have started well in Europe and the league - they had a good season last year and the ambition is there to follow that up with another successful year.

"I'm ready to play and looking forward to trying to break into the team."

Lennon added: "We are very pleased to welcome Daryl to the club.

"He's one we've been keen on for a long time and it's a real coup to get him over the line.

"Daryl will give us a real threat going forward and some strength out wide - we had been looking to add in that area and I'm delighted with the options we now have.

"He has power and pace and will hopefully give us another dimension to our play in the final third."

Hibernian face Molde in the second leg of their Europa League third qualifying round tie on Thursday, but Horgan won't be eligible to take part.

The 26-year-old, who spent time with Salthill Devon and Sligo Rovers, was part of the Dundalk squad that made the group stages of the Europa League in 2016, scoring away to Zenit St Petersburg.