Graham Burke took just five minutes to get off the mark for Preston North End, as the Dubliner coolly netted on his debut for the Lilywhites in their first pre-season friendly of the summer.

Burke left Shamrock Rovers last month to sign for English Championship side, penning a three-year deal at Deepdale for an undisclosed fee.

It's been an incredible six months for the 24-year-old. A string of eye-catching goals for the Hoops led to Martin O'Neill calling the midfielder into the Republic of Ireland set-up, and Burke made his full international debut off the bench against France in Paris.

Five days later, he started - and scored - in a 2-1 defeat of the USA at the Aviva Stadium, with Preston coming calling soon after to add him to their healthy Irish contingent.

Burke started alongside compatriots Daryl Horgan and Sean Maguire against non-league Bamber Bridge FC - based near Preston - with Maguire bagging a first-half hat-trick as Preston raced into a five-goal lead after 45 minutes. The visitors, who fielded a completely different 11 in the second half, went on to win 7-0.

Burke recently told the Lancashire Post that he hopes to establish a good partnership with Maguire.

"The role that I feel most comfortable in is the one I played at Shamrock Rovers, playing off the front man," he said.

"I can play other positions but it’s that No 10 role I have done well in. The gaffer has just told me to work hard, do my best and everything will go from there."