Former Cork City defender Kevin O'Connor has joined Crewe Alexander on loan from Preston North End until January.

The Wexford man moved to the Lilywhites a year ago, just before Sean Maguire also made the jump from Leeside to Deepdale.

O'Connor has fallen out of favour under Alex Neill however, and heads for David Artell's League Two outfit in search of more minutes. He could well make his debut against  Macclesfield Town at Gresty Road on Saturday.

Crewe are 18th in the league after five games and were beaten 1-0 by Carlisle United last weekend. Before that they shipped six goals to Colchester United in a hammering at the JobServe Stadium. 

Last New Year's Eve O'Connor scooped a €1m in the National Lottery.

His godfather Peadar Murphy bought O'Connor an entry into the Christmas Millionaire Raffle as a present and he was one of the lucky winners.

The 23-year has been capped four times for the Republic of Ireland U21s and played a huge role in Cork opening up what proved to be an insurmountable lead at the top of the table last season as John Caulfield's men went on to claim the double.