Preston North End manager Simon Grayson says that Daryl Horgan is a player with "the potential to excite" after the midfielder made his debut for the club.
Horgan, who joined the Championship club from League of Ireland champions Dundalk in December, made his first appearance in the FA Cup third round defeat to Arsenal on January 7.
The 24-year-old came on as a substitute with 10 minutes remaining and, though his side eventually succumbed to a late Olivier Giroud goal, Grayson was pleased with Horgan's contribution.
"I thought Daryl affected the game when he came on," Grayson told the Lancashire Evening Post. "He is a player who has the potential to excite the fans and do well for us.
"It is good to have players in the squad who can fit straight into what we want to do."
Horgan was a key figure in Dundalk's European run this season as they narrowly missed out on a place in the Champions League.
The Galway native made six appearances for the Lilywhites in the Europa League, scoring one goal and providing two assists, and his form earned him a call-up to the Republic of Ireland squad in November.