Shamrock Rovers have taken Graham Burke on loan from Preston North End until July 2020.

The striker moved from Tallaght to the Championship club in June of last year in a deal worth around €300,000.

He spent the second-half of the season on loan at League One side Gillingham after finding first team football hard to come by with North End

The Dubliner played three times for the Republic of Ireland last year, including a goal-scoring start against the USA at the Aviva Stadium.

That effort made him the first League of Ireland player to score for the Boys in Green at senior level in 40 years.

He hasn't been named in a squad since Mick McCarthy replaced Martin O'Neill at the end of last year.

"I'm delighted to get him in," said Rovers’ manager Stephen Bradley.

"It’s been ongoing for a while.

"I always spoke to him since he left. When the opportunity of his availability came up, I mentioned it to him and he was delighted.

"I think when you go England you need a lot of things to fall into place. There are so many things that need to happen for a player to show their ability.

"That just wasn't the case for Graham."

Though in Nicosia with his Rovers team-mates, Burke is ineligible to play against Apollon Limassol in their Europa League qualifier on Thursday.