Dundalk Football Club are delighted to announce the signing of defender Andy Boyle, who will join the club on a long-term contract from 1 July.
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, as he helped the Lilywhites to 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.”
The Dubliner, a big fans’ favourite at Oriel Park, shone in the Lilywhites’ famous 2016 European run, earning himself a call-up to Martin O’Neill’s provisional Republic of Ireland squad to face Austria in November 2016, whilst a Dundalk player. He made his international debut in March 2017.
Boyle teams up once more with Dundalk head coach Vinny Perth – his former first team coach – and a host of ex-teammates at Oriel Park, where he will be looking to add to his collection of silverware.
The head coach was delighted to have such a highly rated player back amongst his squad and is confident the centre back will fit straight back in.
“We’re really pleased to have Andy back, ” said Perth. “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’s return to Oriel Park is a further boost for a squad currently on top of the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division and facing a busy second half of the season with the club fighting on four fronts, including a UEFA Champions League qualifying campaign that begins on 10 July.
Dundalk FC chief executive Mark Devlin said: “Andy obviously made a huge impact in his previous spell here at Dundalk Football Club and I know how well regarded he is by our supporters. To have him back at the club once again and on a long term contract shows the ambition of the board to support Vinny in assembling the strongest squad possible, as we aim for success both domestically and in Europe.”