Daryl Horgan talks Aiden McGeady, Robbie Keane and how he's settling in to life at Preston North End

Irish winger made the move from Dundalk in December after shining domestically and in the Europa League

Daryl Horgan, Preston

Preston North End's Daryl Horgan (right) is tackled by Brighton and Hove Albion's Steve Sidwell during the Sky Bet Championship match at Deepdale, Preston. Picture by Clint Hughes PA Wire/PA Images

It hasn't taken long for Irish winger Daryl Horgan to make his mark at Preston North End.

Horgan had made his debut as a substitute against Arsenal in the FA Cup at the start of the month after signing from Dundalk in December along with defender Andy Boyle.

But he marked his full debut for Preston with an assist for Callum Robinson in a 2-0 win over Brighton.

If that sort of form can be maintained, it's great news for the 24 year old and for Ireland, given that manager Martin O'Neill has already called him up once before for the World Cup qualifier against Austria. 

"It's been a great couple of weeks now and I'm enjoying it so far," Horgan told Off The Ball as he reflected on his excellent start to life at Deepdale.

Football is one thing but the daily practicalities of moving to another country and settling in is something the player is getting used to. 

"It's definitely not easy. I've been putting up beds and wardrobes and things like that. I had the stuff delivered from Dundalk there yesterday so there are boxes everywhere. It's obviously not ideal but the club have been brilliant. They've put us up in a hotel indefinitely till we get everything sorted and they've been fantastic in that sense," he said, adding that he finds "training a good get-away from it all".

Horgan and Boyle have joined a Preston side packed with Irish talent including Horgan's fellow Galway native Greg Cunningham, forward Eoin Doyle and midfielder Alan Browne.

And of course there is experienced Ireland international winger Aiden McGeady who is enjoying a fine season with the club.

"Frightening" and "unbelievable talent" was Horgan's reaction when asked about just how good the former Celtic, Everton and Spartak Moscow winger is in training, adding that he has "never seen feet" like those the Glasgow born winger possesses.

The Championship club have also been linked with Ireland record goalscorer Robbie Keane and Horgan spoke about the potential of the 36 year old arriving, highlighting his "unbelievable career" as a reason why few would ever let the chance to sign him slip by.

Horgan also added that there is "no Irish clique" at the club despite the significant contingent of players from these shores over there.