ROBBIE Brady revealed the opportunity to begin pre-season with Preston North End ahead of his free transfer to the Championship club was a “big factor” in his decision to sign at Deepdale.

Yesterday it was announced that Brady had signed a one-year deal with Preston, agreeing terms after a one-week trial.

The move contrasts with his signing at Cherries, when Brady, who joined in October of last year, missed the entirety of pre-season with a club.

As such, the 30-year-old struggled for fitness, going on to make just seven appearances out of a possible 35 games for Cherries.

Cherries had the opportunity to extend Brady's deal by a further year prior to its expiry on Thursday, June 30, but instead, the club opted to try and re-negotiate a new deal, revealed when the club announced their retained and released list.

However, a new deal could not be struck between both parties, paving the way for Brady to return to the north-west, where he enjoyed spells at nearby Manchester United and Burnley.

Reflecting on his decision to sign with the Lancashire club, Brady told Preston’s website: “(It’s a) really good group, Training’s been tough to come in to.

“There’s been a little bit of football thrown in amongst the running, so it’s been a tough week, but you can see that we’ve got a lot of quality here and if all things go well there should be a good season ahead.

“It was a big factor for me to come in and get a full pre-season under my belt.

“It’s what I spoke to the manager about it before I did come in, and like I said it was a good time when I came in and we’ve had a good week’s work now and I’m ready to crack on with the rest of the pre-season.”

Capped 57 times by Ireland, Brady also shared how he had been impressed with Preston boss Ryan Lowe's honesty.

“He’s been spot on with me," mentioned Brady.

"He just spoke to me and assured me on different things, assured me that I would enjoy it first and foremost, and he’s not lied since I’ve come in.

“I’ve got on with everyone and like I said I’m just ready to go now.”