Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill says he will be keeping a close eye on Seani Maguire.
The striker will join up with Preston North Endfor pre-season training on Monday having helped Cork City move within touching distance of being crowned SSE Airtricity League champions.
He leaves the Leesiders 15 points clear of their nearest rivals, after scoring 20 goals in 21 SSE Airtricity League games.
O'Neill believes the turning point came long before he joined Cork when he endured a frustrated year as a bit-part player at Dundalk.
"I'm hearing he's a much more mature player now, the second time around going to England."
"Things have happened to him strangely enough, maybe not getting a game at Dundalk forced him to rethink his whole outlook on the game.
"He made a really impact last season and carrying that it on. I was at the cup final and I didn't think it was one of his best games but I thought in the match against Dundalk not only did he take the goals well.
"But I thought there was a marked improvements in his game and that's probably to do with confidence as much as anything else.
Absolutely he's got everything to play for now, first of all go and make an impact at club level, get into the side and take it and back yourself, that's the most important thing. The rest of the things will follow.