Preston North End completed the late signing of Josh Murphy on deadline day. The 26-year-old joined from Cardiff City on a season long loan deal.
Cardiff signed Murphy from Norwich City for a fee thought to be £11 million in 2018.
The Bluebirds were in the Premier League at the time and Murphy played 29 games in the top flight that season scoring three goals.
The winger, whose twin brother Jacob plays for Newcastle, will be a familiar face for Frankie McAvoy having spent time together at Norwich when Alex Neil was manager. He said it was a huge reason he’s joined to work with Frankie again.
Speaking to the official club website, Murphy said: “It was a big factor [Frankie being head coach], going back to the Norwich days he really helped me in my early development so it was a no brainer coming to Preston and having the chance to work with him.”
“Hopefully I can repay him and the club and the faith they have put in to me with lots of good performances, goals and assists,” he added.
McAvoy will know what Murphy can add to the team but where he fits into the current formation remains to be seen. He did at times play as a second striker for Cardiff last season under Mick McCarthy so could play a similar role to the one Scott Sinclair and Tom Barkhuizen have played at points this season.
Murphy only has a year left on his contract so if this season goes well he could join for free next summer. The fact he was an £11 million player just three years ago clearly shows he’s a top player. Perhaps he hasn’t lived up to that of late, but he should bring some quality to the North End squad.