On Wednesday evening, the club announced the arrival of Graham Burke following weeks of speculation.

The Shamrock Rovers attacker will join the club on a three-year deal and is the fourth signing to be confirmed so far this summer.

Like a lot of Preston’s recent signings, Burke arrives as a player that not too many North End supporters have seen much of in the past.

We spoke to the good people at Tales From The East Stand to delve a little deeper into the career of our new signing Graham Burke.

Name: Graham Burke

Age: 24

Height: 5 ft 11 in

Position: Attacker

Professional club appearances (according to transfermarkt.com): 102

Professional club goals (according to transfermarkt.com): 26

Previous teams: Aston Villa, Shrewsbury Town, Notts County, Shamrock Rovers

What @eaststandpod had to say: Burke joined us with a good pedigree at youth level with Aston Villa; he was quite raw at first. On his debut as a sub vs Dundalk in 2017,  he came on and scored to get us back in the game, but then proceeded to get sent off two minutes later. He was red carded again a few months later for kicking out so his discipline was really being questioned, but he has improved that to become a model pro. His first season was curtailed by injury in the last two months but supporters saw enough potential to be excited about his return. I’d definitely recommend checking out his strike vs Mlada Boleslav in the Europa League: possibly the best goal scored in Tallaght Stadium.

He flirted with a few positions, but ultimately found his home behind the striker in the “number 10” role and has developed into a pivotal player for Rovers. His eye for the spectacular is one of his best qualities. The majority of his goals are from long range. Close control in tight spaces, intelligence and his technique are other strong points. He scored ten goals last season and had already equalled that at the half way point this year. He could perhaps do to improve his decision-making, heading, and overall physical strength. Like I stated previously, he seemed to be a bit of a hot head at times but that looks to have been stamped out of his game.

I believe he has the ability to succeed in the Championship; it’s a big step up but he has natural ability in abundance combined with a good attitude and that goes a long way. He looked comfortable at international level earlier in the month. Without doubt he is massive loss for Rovers being our top scorer this season and he’s also chipped in with his fair share of assists. We will miss him badly.

Thanks a lot to @eaststandpod for giving us a great insight into Graham Burke!

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