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What Alex Neil thinks of 'rare' Preston signing Josh Murphy

Preston snapped up two very late signings on deadline day, with Cardiff City winger Josh Murphy one of the players to arrive.

North End needed new recruits on the final day of the window, and it looked like the day would end in disappointment with no additions.

Preston pulled it out of the bag in the end though, adding winger Murphy and midfielder Ali McCann in an impressive double swoop.

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Murphy, 26, is a rare signing for North End in the sense that he is already a pretty proven Championship player.

Murphy has almost 200 Championship appearances to his name, and even played 29 times in the Premier League for Cardiff.

A former £11million signing for Cardiff, Murphy worked with Preston boss Frankie McAvoy at Norwich City – and that means he also worked with Alex Neil.

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Murphy played 26 times for ex-North End boss Neil, registering three goals and six assists as he made progress under the Scot.

So what exactly does Preston’s last manager think of Murphy?

In 2017, Neil praised Murphy for his ‘blistering pace’, suggesting that he is a danger throughout every game – and that’s exactly what North End have been seeking in this summer’s transfer window.

“He’s got blistering pace, he’s got real athleticism and he’s a goal threat in pretty much every minute of the game,” said Neil. “Those types of players are rare and hopefully he can become a first-team regular,” he added.

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