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Former Dundalk FC defender to leave Preston North End

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Caoimhín Reilly

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Former Dundalk FC defender to leave Preston North End

Andy Boyle trods off the pitch at Netanya after his final game for Dundalk FC in December 2016, away to Maccabi Tel-Aviv in the Europa League. (Pic: Sportsfile)

Former Dundalk FC vice-captain Andy Boyle is to be released by Preston North End after two-and-a-half years at Deepdale.

The defender, who won three league titles in four years at Oriel Park, between 2013-16, spent the latter part of the campaign at Scottish Championship winners Ross County, picking up a league medal. This followed a spell at Dundee earlier in the season.

Boyle, who has one senior international cap, spent the latter part of the 2017/18 season on loan at Doncaster Rovers, having struggled to break into Alex Neil's North End line-up, despite impressing during his early days at the club, when Simon Grayson was at the helm.

Marnick Vermijl, Ben Pringle, Tommy Spurr, Michael Howard and Tom Stead will also leave the Lancashire side this summer.

Former Shamrock Rovers attacker Graham Burke is to return to the club following a loan spell at Gillingham.