'Dundalk has always had a special place in my heart' - Andy Boyle opens up on League of Ireland return
Returning Dundalk defender Andy Boyle says he turned down offers from Scotland and England because he didn't want to stay across the water for the sake of it.
The 28-year-old returned to the Lilywhites after his release from Preston. He spent two-and-a-half years in the UK and had spells on loan with Doncaster, Dundee and Ross County after falling out of favour with Preston boss Alex Neil. Boyle has accepted a long-term deal with Dundalk - believed to be three-and-a-half years in length - because he knew the style and environment would suit him.
He had mixed fortunes overseas when it came to working with managers that favoured playing the ball out from the back.
"I had offers in the SPL and League 1 but I didn't want to stay in the UK for the sake of saying 'listen I'm playing football in the UK'. I would have gone (over) younger if that was the case," said the 28-year-old in an extensive interview on the new LOI Weekly Podcast.
"It depends if you want to do a couple more years of slogging it out, for want of a better word.
"I wanted something permanent and something for the longer term. I'm getting married next year. You have to weigh everything up.
"Dundalk has always had a special place in my heart. I've got a chance to come home and play the style of football I'm accustomed to.
"This feels right to me. With the quality of players at Dundalk, we have a chance at another European run."
The improvement of the behind-the-scenes facilities at Oriel Park was another factor in Boyle's decision and he hasn't given up hope of adding to his solitary Irish cap, especially with his former boss Stephen Kenny set to take the senior job next year.
- The full interview with Boyle and a discussion with ex-Sligo Rovers and Cliftonville boss Gerard Lyttle about a cross-border league is available on independent.ie/podcasts or search LOI Weekly on Apple Podcasts