Cork teenager Adam O'Reilly signs first pro deal with Preston North EndFri, Jan 25 2019
Republic of Ireland youth international Adam O’Reilly has signed his first professional deal with Preston North End.
The former Ringmahon Rangers schoolboy joined the English Championship side in November 2016 and has since played on one occasion with the club’s first-team squad.
The 17-year-old Corkonian’s debut for the first team came in a 1-1 draw against Aston Villa last month when he replaced compatriot Graham Burke in the closing stages of the game at Deepdale.
There is plenty of ex-League of Ireland interest at Preston North End, with Burke and Seanie Maguire, both formerly of the league, plying their trade with the 18th place Championship side.
Compatriot Alan Browne, another former Ringhmahon player, signed for the Lilywhites from Cork City in 2013 and has gone on to make more than 150 appearances.
“I am over the moon,” the Mahon native told the club’s official website.
“This is what I have been working toward since I was five or six-years-old. To finally get that day where I can put pen to paper is an unbelievable feeling and I am delighted to do it.”
He added: “A memorable thing for me is being able to share it with my mum and dad, who have helped me to get this stage.
“My dad is a coach and he has been helping me since I was young, and they are both very proud and I want to thank them for that.”