Preston signed right back Joe Rafferty from Rochdale this week, and Alex Neil certainly appears to be a fan.

With Darnell Fisher suffering a major decline this season, signing a new right back this month was imperative. A number of names were linked, but Preston did finally get a new right back in earlier this week.

Rochdale ace Rafferty has arrived at Deepdale, penning a deal until 2022 having featured prominently at Spotland.

Joe Rafferty in action for Rochdale (Photo by Simon Stacpoole/Offside/Getty Images)

The 25-year-old, formerly of Liverpool, has played more than 200 times for Rochdale, scoring five goals.

He now heads to Deepdale, and despite being left out against Stoke City, should compete with Fisher moving forward.

Fans may still be learning about our new signing, but Neil’s comments about Rafferty’s arrival are very interesting.

Neil has told the Lancashire Evening Post that he thinks Rafferty is similar to former North End ace Greg Cunningham.

A left back signed from Bristol City in 2015, Cunningham became a star at Deepdale before leaving for Cardiff City last summer.

Greg Cunningham in action for North End tussles (Photo by Alan Martin/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Rafferty will have a tough task emulating Cunningham, who was something of a Mr Consistency. Yet Neil was faith that that Rafferty can become ‘very good’ for North End.

Joe really reminds me of Greg Cunningham, except that he is a right-back rather than a left-back,” said Neil. “They have similar traits and that is a good thing. I thought Greg was a really good acquisition for this club and did really well here. Hopefully Joe will live up to those standards, if he does he will be very good for us,” he added.

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