Andy Boyle will leave Preston North End when his contract expires next month.

The Republic of Ireland defender moved to Ross County on loan in January as his first-team opportunities completely dried up at Deepdale. Boyle was previously shipped out on loan at both Doncaster Rovers and Dundee.

The Republic of Ireland defender moved across the water from Dundalk in January 2017 having excelled for the Lilywhites, particularly during their memorable Europa League campaign.

He moved with winger Daryl Horgan from Oriel Park but neither player really took off at Preston. Horgan is currently plying his trade with Hibernian in Scotland having moved north last summer.

Boyle's sole senior international cap came in a friendly against Iceland at the Aviva Stadium two months after his move to Preston. 

He's one of six first-team players who will not have their contracts renewed at the Championship club.

"Andy Boyle, Ben Pringle, Marnick Vermijl, Michael Howard, Tommy Spurr and Tom Stead will leave the club at the end of their contracts in June," Preston said in a statement.

"We'd like to thank them for their efforts during their time at Deepdale and wish them the very best in their future careers."