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Josh Murphy ready to ‘repay Frankie’ after signing for Preston

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.

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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.

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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.

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