Republic of Ireland midfielder Alan Browne has signed a new three-and-a-half year deal with Preston North End.

Browne has committed his future to the Lilywhites who are currently 12th in the Championship, five points off the play-off places.

The 25-year-old joined Preston from his hometown club Cork City in 2014. He's gone on to make 273 appearances for the English outfit, scoring 35 times.  

"I've been here a long time and it's such a relief to get it over the line and have a few more years of me being at this fantastic club – hopefully we can make the next coming years successful," Browne told the club website.

"It's time to take the next step with my career. I had different opinions from different people and I wanted to gather as many opinions as I possibly could I felt that this was the right decision for me and hopefully I can progress with my own career, as well as with the football club."

Boss Alex Neil was full of praise for the man he's made his skipper, adding: "The fact that since Tom Clarke left, we have made Alan the captain, shows how him how high a regard we hold Alan.

"He has been an ever-present since I have been here and his will to win, what the club means to him, how long he has been there, he is the right guy to take that armband forward and I am delighted he has committed himself to doing that for the next few years."