Republic of Ireland striker Sean Maguire has signed a new two-year deal with Preston North End.

The Kilkenny 26-year-old moved to Preston from Cork City three years ago. He's has bad luck with injuries since heading across the water, but Maguire has always been very highly thought of at Deepdale.

He's now committed to the Lilywhites until the summer of 2023. 

"I'm absolutely over the moon," he told the club website.

"I'm heading into my fourth year at Preston North End. Last year was a bit disappointing in the way it ended -not making the play-offs - but I feel like this year can be our year with the players that we have.

"It was a very easy decision. I have loved my last three years here at the club; playing out here at Deepdale and away from home with the following we take with us and the fans have made a massive impact on the decision I have made.

"I love the lads, the manager and the staff and I am absolutely delighted to get it done."

Maguire will hope to get himself up the pecking order for a big autumn on the international stage.

New Republic of Ireland manager Stephen Kenny knows him well having gone up against Maguire when he was Dundalk manager and the frontman was scoring for fun on Leeside.

With Nations League games and that huge Euro 2020 play-off against Slovakia on the horizon, there's plenty for Maguire to aim for. 

"It is going to be a shorter pre-season; we usually have six or seven weeks to prepare, but the boys have come back in great nick and shape and we are really looking forward to the [new Championship] season starting," he added.

Reflecting on the 2019/20 campaign the PNE No.24 is hoping to turn his efforts into a bigger goal return.

"I believe in myself. I know I can catch fire at the start of the season."