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Treacy joins Preston push

IRISH winger Keith Treacy is ready for a promotion push with new club Preston North End.

The Lancashire club have a proud tradition of Irish wingers: Kevin Kilbane began his career with Preston while former Bohemians and Shelbourne man Brian Mooney came second in a fans poll for their all-time favourite player behind Tom Finney.

Boss Darren Ferguson has high hopes for U21 cap Treacy and the Dubliner is keen to deliver too.

"The gaffer here is really ambitious. He wants to play football and with the team we have I really think we can make as push towards the play-offs," said Treacy, who joined Preston on a two-year deal from Blackburn after a frustrating period at Ewood Park.


Treacy, 21, made his debut for Blackburn in October 2007 and impressed last season when he made 20 appearances for Rovers. But this season he had been frozen out and was allowed move to Preston after a spell on loan to Sheffield United.

"I haven't played for six weeks but I my aim is to do well for Preston North End for the next two years," said Treacy.

"I am delighted to be at Preston. It is a big club with a great history in the game -- and it's really handy because it means that I don't have to move house.

"And when you look around there are some good players and there is no reason why we can't make the play-offs."

Treacy made his Preston debut as a second-half sub in Tuesday's dismal 4-1 defeat at home by Barnsley, but he hopes to make his first start in Saturday's league game away to Swansea.