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Report: Preston talent Adam O'Reilly could now leave permanently this month

Preston midfielder Adam O’Reilly may now decide to leave the club permanently with St Pat’s Athletic keen to secure his signature.

The Irish Sun report that O’Reilly is a top target for St Pat’s Athletic boss Tim Clancy, with the midfielder allegedly ‘poised’ to leave North End.

St Pat’s have already made one interesting move by signing former North End striker Eoin Doyle from Bolton Wanderers.

O’Reilly could be the next addition as the youngster seeks first-team football away from Preston.

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O’Reilly followed a similar path to Alan Browne; both born in Cork, both midfielders, both emerging at Ringmahon Rangers.

Sadly, O’Reilly hasn’t quite enjoyed the same first-team rise as Browne had back in 2014.

O’Reilly has only played one for Preston’s first team, and that came way back in December 2018 as he came on as a substitute against Aston Villa.

The 20-year-old has been on loan at Hyde United and Waterford, as well as having two stints with Stalybridge Celtic.

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O’Reilly has been praised heavily in his time away from North End.

Ex-Waterford boss Marc Bircham noted that O’Reilly was ‘exceptional’ and ‘terrific’ during his loan back in Ireland.

Stalybridge manager Simon Haworth also called O’Reilly ‘class’, backing him for a huge future over the coming years.

The chances just haven’t been there for O’Reilly, who has seen a number of midfielders come in during his time at Preston.

Few would really blame him for now wanting to leave North End and chase regular starts with another club.

After so many loans, it may now be time for O’Reilly to fly the nest for good, with St Pat’s potentially able to give him the platform he’s seeking.

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