Sean Maguire signs for Preston North End

The striker will move to England at the end of July

Sean Maguire signs for Preston North End

Cork City's Sean Maguire celebrates scoring. Image: ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy

Preston North End have announced the signing of Cork City striker Sean Maguire.

The in-form forward will join the Championship side at the end of July.

Maguire scored a hat-trick on Friday night as the Leesiders beat current champions Dundalk, 3-0, at Oriel Park.

The move sees him join up with Daryl Horgan and Andy Boyle who moved across the Irish Sea last season. 

Cork City manager John Caulfield paid tribute to Maguire saying: "Since coming into the club Seani has been fantastic for us. His attitude, work rate, determination and mental toughness has got him to this position and this is a fantastic opportunity for him.

“When he joined us, he was a bit low in confidence but he settled in quickly with this incredible bunch of players and showed he had the resilience and determination to find his form and get his self-belief back.”

The 23-year-old has scored 19 goals so far this season as Cork are beginning to run away with the title after only 17 games.