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Ryan Lowe must give Josh Murphy some Preston starts ahead of contract decision

Preston have just five games left this season and it’s time for Josh Murphy to be given a proper run in the team ahead of a contract decision.

North End head to Millwall on Friday afternoon with the end of the season in sight.

Ryan Lowe will want to finish as high as possible but there simply isn’t all that much left for Preston to play for.

That means Lowe should be looking to experiment with his side, such as the debut given to teenager Mikey O’Neill last weekend.

Another player who came on against Queens Park Rangers was Josh Murphy, who got 20 minutes against the R’s.

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Murphy keeps picking up minutes; 15 against Bournemouth, 45 against Luton Town, 15 against Derby County and then 20 against QPR.

It’s now time for Murphy to get a long, long-awaited first Preston start.

Murphy loaned North End on loan from Cardiff City back in August, reuniting with his former Norwich coach Frankie McAvoy.

Having cost Cardiff £11million in 2018, Murphy was an exciting capture for Preston but it just hasn’t worked out.

McAvoy didn’t start Murphy, played a system where Murphy didn’t really have a position and then the 27-year-old picked up injury problems.

Only recently coming back to fitness, Murphy has barely had any time to impress Lowe.

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That’s hardly ideal for Murphy given that he is essentially playing for a contract at Deepdale.

Murphy’s deal at Cardiff ends this summer and he needs to be playing in order to show he is worth a deal at Preston.

With little to play for, we would love to see Lowe give Murphy a start; whether that’s up top or as a wing back.

The only way Lowe can really decide on a contract for Murphy is by playing him, so why not now? There’s no better time for it.

Let’s hope we see Murphy soon – it would certainly be frustrating to see him go elsewhere this summer and shine after barely featuring for Preston.

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