Preston completed their fifth signing of the January window on Thursday, re-signing Greg Cunningham on loan from Cardiff City.

With Josh Earl heading out on loan again and Andrew Hughes nursing a shoulder injury, Preston dipped into the market to land a new left back.

They ended up signing a familiar face, signing Cunningham on loan until the end of the season, two-and-a-half years since selling him.

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Preston sold Cunningham to Cardiff City for £4million in the summer of 2018, a huge profit on the bargain deal North End struck to sign him from Bristol City three years earlier.

The Irishman was a fan favourite at Preston, turning in consistent performances under both Simon Grayson and Alex Neil before heading to South Wales.

He has struggled for first-team football in recent times due to injuries and competition for places, but his loan move throws up an interesting subject.

Cunningham is out of contract at Cardiff this summer, meaning his loan to Preston likely means he has played his final game for the Bluebirds.

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The loan deal may even be an audition for Cunningham ahead of a long-term stay at North End, and the 29-year-old seemingly has that in his mind already.

Speaking to BBC Radio Lancashire, Cunningham suggested that he is looking forward to being at Preston for years to come despite only being on loan, hinting that he sees his long-term future at Deepdale as he eyes a permanent deal when he becomes a free agent.

“I think it’s a big advantage for me, knowing a lot of people around the club,” said Cunningham. “I had the best years of my career here, and I’m looking forward to more years to come,” he added.

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