HOR­GAN WINGS IN TO MAKE IN­STANT IM­PACT

The Football League Paper - - FA CUP FOURTH ROUND - By Luke Baker

DARYL Hor­gan ad­mits he is shocked at the fast start he has made to his ca­reer at Deep­dale – but he’s des­per­ate to take ev­ery sin­gle op­por­tu­nity with Pre­ston North End.

Af­ter sign­ing for the Li­ly­whites at the end of his con­tract with Ir­ish cham­pi­ons Dun­dalk, 24-year-old winger Hor­gan was brought on for his Pre­ston de­but against Arse­nal in the FA Cup this month.

He was sur­prised to be se­lected to start against Brighton the fol­low­ing week, but he pro­vided an as­sist as his side in­flicted a first de­feat on the Cham­pi­onship high-fly­ers in 18 matches.

“When I came to be­ing in the start­ing XI for the Brighton game I was ex­cited but also shocked,” Hor­gan said. “I am al­ways a bit ner­vous be­fore games, but I think it is good.

“I was a lit­tle bit ner­vous, but I was thrilled as well and re­ally look­ing for­ward to the game. It was a great op­por­tu­nity for me and, as a team, we played re­ally well and thor­oughly de­served the 2-0 win.

“I prob­a­bly wasn’t ex­pect­ing to come straight in and be in­volved, but com­ing over the aim was to play right from the off.”

Dun­dalk won three League of Ire­land ti­tles dur­ing Hor­gan’s time at the club and reached the group stages of the Europa League ear­ler this sea­son.

The Gal­way-born wide man con­ceded it has been quite a change play­ing in the sec­ond tier of English foot­ball, com­pared to his Ir­ish roots.

“It has been dif­fer­ent. The gear all be­ing laid out for you in the morn­ings, things like that, but it is some­thing I am grasp­ing very quickly,” he added.

“I am re­ally en­joy­ing the op­por­tu­nity to be in full­time foot­ball, es­pe­cially at a big club like Pre­ston, where you are not go­ing to get this sort of op­por­tu­nity ev­ery day.

“I want to grasp it with two hands.”

CHANCE: Daryl Hor­gan

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