Graham Burke has left Shamrock Rovers to sign for English Championship side Preston North End.

The recently capped Ireland international has signed a three-year deal at Deepdale for an undisclosed fee.

The 24-year-old hit a brace on Saturday as the Hoops beat Bray 5-0 taking his league tally to 1 goals this season and will play his final game for Rovers on Friday against Limerick.

"It was brilliant to hear the news of Preston North End’s interest. I was thrilled with the opportunity to have the chance to come to such a good club as this," said Burke.

"It was also great to be joining a club where I know some of the boys, so it should help me settle in.

"I have kept a close eye on the club with the Irish players going over there and knowing the likes of Callum [Robinson] and DJ [Daniel Johnson], so when I found out about the interest, it was a no-brainer for me to try and get the deal done."

And Burke, who scored on his first international start in a recent clash with the USA, is already looking towards the new season and hoping his new side can push for promotion to the Premier League next season.

"It is brilliant to be part of this group. Looking at last season, we finished just two points outside the play-offs and to do that with such a young group illustrates the hunger that is there and I have the same desire to get better as a football player.

"All young players want to improve and the ambitions we have as individuals and as a group are to get into the Premier League and all the boys will be fighting for that."

Burke spoke to RTE Sport last week and the now former Hoop admitted that he will be better prepared this time around, compared to when he joined Aston Villa as a teenager.

"I'm older now and more experienced, I've seen what it's like," Burke told RTÉ’s Soccer Republic.

"I think I'd be better off now than when I was younger. I'd be more prepared for it."

The Dubliner joins fellow Ireland internationals Daryl Horgan, Alan Browne, Sean Maguire and Andy Boyle at Preston.

Burke will join up with his new club for pre-season training at the end of the month.