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Shamrock Rovers F.C. have accepted an offer from Preston North End for the transfer of Graham Burke.

Graham will play his last game for Shamrock Rovers before the transfer against Limerick on Friday night.

Speaking to about leaving Rovers, Graham Burke said:

“It was brilliant to play for Shamrock Rovers, the biggest club in Ireland. I want to thank Stephen Bradley for bringing me here, for showing so much faith in me, letting me express myself and making me a better player. It’s been brilliant and it’s got me to where I am now. I think I’ve matured and grown in everything since I’ve been here. The journey has been unbelievable. It doesn’t happen, the international call up and everything, without the gaffer and everybody believing in me. I thank the club a lot for putting its time and trust in me and I thank the fans for supporting me.”

Commenting on the transfer Rovers’ head coach Stephen Bradley said:

“Graham is a special player that can change a game. I think he came to us a little bit broken but he’s matured both on and off the pitch. Obviously he has the ability but it’s his personality as well, his drive to be the best he can be. He’s put in a tremendous amount of work behind the scenes that people don’t see. He’s been excellent. It’s been an unbelievable journey so far for him and long may it continue. I’ve no doubt that Graham is the type of player who will go over there and shine. The higher the level he plays the better Graham will be.

Only time will tell that but he’s got unbelievable ability and he makes things look ridiculously easy. His teammates liked him for what he did on the pitch, for scoring goals, but more than that, it was around training. He does the right things and the icing on the cake was that he produced it on a Friday night. He’s a top player and a top person. Obviously they’ll all be sad to see him go, we all will, but it was great to have him for the time that we did.”

Graham Burke at SRFC:
Graham scored 22 goals in 48 appearances, three of those in last year’s Europa League. He became the first Rovers player to score four goals in one game in 26 years and the first to be capped by Ireland in 32 years.

See recent interview with Graham here.