Dundalk have confirmed that defender Andy Boyle will rejoin the club when the transfer window opens next Monday.

The former Lilywhite centre-back returns to Oriel Park as a free agent following two and-a-half years at Preston North End, which included loan spells at Doncaster Rovers, Dundee and Ross County.

The 28-year-old was a mainstay of the Dundalk side from 2013 to 2016.

He was named in the PFAI Premier Division Team of the Year for each of those four seasons, winning three consecutive league titles, an FAI Cup and an EA Sports Cup.

"I'm delighted to get the deal done," said Boyle.

"The changes to the place since I left are amazing.

"The facilities for the players here now, I think it shows the club is only going one way and I just want to be a part of it."

Head coach Vinny Perth added: "We’re really pleased to have Andy back. 

"The difficulty when you sign players is that it takes them a while to understand how we do things and understand our ethos. But Andy knows what we’re about.

"He’s part of our culture, he’s part of what we’ve achieved over the last six seasons, so it’s a perfect fit for us."

Boyle made his Republic of Ireland debut in March 2017, winning one cap against Iceland.

Stephen Folan is likely to exit as a result of Boyle's return, with Derry City keen to sign the former Newcastle United defender.