Preston North End swooped to sign winger Josh Murphy from Cardiff City last week, and he appears to be enjoying his start to life at Deepdale.
PNE needed attacking reinforcements before the transfer deadline and left it very, very late to secure a deal for Murphy.
The Cardiff wide man was brought in with mere minutes to spare on deadline day, and it’s a move to get excited about.
Murphy is only 26 but has almost 200 Championship appearances to his name, representing a rare case of proven quality arriving at PNE.
A big factor was boss Frankie McAvoy, who coached Murphy during their time together at Norwich City.
On Tuesday, Murphy played in a PNE shirt for the first time, starting the Central League game against Walsall.
The game ended 1-1, but Murphy looked sharp in his 45 minutes and has put himself in contention to face Bristol City this weekend.
Murphy has been reflecting on his start at Deepdale, telling PNE’s iFollow that he had a nice surprise when he got to the Euxton training ground, branding the facilities ‘pretty outstanding’.
PNE’s current training ground is a far cry from the old Springfields base, and Murphy is clearly impressed with the facilities as well as weather right now!
“I’ve loved it – it was a nice surprise coming to the training ground and seeing the facilities because they’re pretty outstanding,” said Murphy. “Surprised with the weather, it’s super hot – usually it’s raining down these parts!” he added.