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Former Dundalk FC defender Andy Boyle makes loan move away from Preston

The defender will work under Alex Ferguson's son in League One

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Former Dundalk FC defender Andy Boyle makes loan move away from Preston

Andy Boyle during his days with Dundalk FC. (Pic: Ciarán Culligan)

Former Dundalk FC defender Andy Boyle has signed a loan-deal with Doncaster Rovers.

The Dubliner moves from Preston North End for the remainder of the season.

Boyle had found first-team opportunities difficult to come at Deepdale this season with manager Alex Neil employing him on just the 12 occasions since taking charge in the summer. The centre-half featured regularly under Simon Grayson towards the end of the last campaign having joined from Dundalk in December 2016.

Speaking to Doncaster's website after the move was announced, Boyle said: "I'm really looking forward to coming here and getting some game time, I want to play as many games as possible and try to climb higher in the table.

"I'm fit and ready and if the manager picks me, it makes it easier that we've got a game coming up straight away and it's a big game to have as my debut."

The Irish international is in contention to make his debut in Saturday's league match with Portsmouth. 

Doncaster, managed by Darren Ferguson - son of former Manchester United supremo Sir Alex, currently sit 14th in League One, seven-points above the drop-zone and 10 shy of the play-off places.