By Full Contact News and Views
Full Contact client Andy Boyle has completed his dream move to the EFL Championship, signing for Preston North End.
Andy, a stand-out performer for Dundalk in the Irish Premier for some time and a notable contributor to the Irish club’s stunning Europa League campaign this season (which led to a first full Irish call-up by Martin O’Neill), makes his move across to England aged 25.
Putting pen on a contract that runs until the summer of 2019, subject to international clearance, Andy will begin his career at Preston in January. Full Contact’s Head of Football Lee Payne commented “from the moment I first saw Andy play I believed he was ready to play in our Championship over here. The way he reads the game as a centre-back and brings the ball out, the way he dominated in games against top class opposition such as Zenit, confirmed to me that Andy could play at a far higher level than I think many watching clubs and scouts had the bravery to realise. This was before he earned his full Irish call up which came as a huge boost to us all. We have been working on this move for some time to try and ensure we got the right club and the right opportunity for him, as there were no shortage of suitors. In Preston, under Simon Grayson, we think we have a club that will develop Andy and see him blossom in to a very capable player indeed. At 25 he has his best years ahead of him as a centre-back.”
Dan Chapman, Full Contact’s senior partner and the driving force between the recent decision for Full Contact to launch their presence in Dublin in conjunction with Patrick Conliffe, said “This move for Andy is first and foremost, of course, a fabulous moment and opportunity for him and his family. But the wider picture for our Full Contact Ireland venture is significant; in making the move from the Irish Premier division straight to the Championship it will give more clubs the confidence to have a look at the talent, at all age groups, that is playing in Ireland. When we started suggesting that clubs in the Football League look at Andy, some even in League Two were sceptical, saying that surely if he was good enough he would be across in England already! Such a view is not only disrespectful to the standards of the Irish competition and the benefits that European qualification can bring to those players at the top clubs, but it also misunderstands the significance of the training compensation rules and the fact that many players simply can not come across until they are 24. We believe Andy will be the first of many senior Irish professionals that Full Contact Ireland is able to bring to these shores.”
Patrick Conliffe, who is pictured above with Andy and Lee Payne, is head of Full Contact’s office in Dublin and said of the deal, “Andy has shown for some time at Dundalk what a quality footballer, leader and professional he is. His performances in the Europa League have obviously caught the eye but his consistency in the League over many seasons means he truly deserves this move to Preston. We are delighted for him and he is going to prove to be a great role model for the many Irish players who perhaps think their opportunity to play at a high level in England has gone and, indeed, their opportunity to represent the Republic of Ireland too.”
All at Full Contact wish Andy the very best as he makes his move to England.
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