They say to never go back, but it sounds like Greg Cunningham is about to do just that.

Cunningham was a Preston favourite following a bargain 2015 move from Bristol City, becoming one of the most reliable players under Simon Grayson and then Alex Neil.

Whether you played him at left back, left wing back or left-sided centre back, Cunningham was Mr Reliable in the Preston back line.

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With just 12 months on his deal in the summer of 2018, Preston sold Cunningham to Cardiff City for around £4million, but he has endured something of a nightmare in South Wales.

The 29-year-old has played just 14 games for the Bluebirds, and he suffered a season-ending injury on loan at Blackburn Rovers last season.

Cunningham’s injuries have become an issue, but it now seems that Neil and co want him back at Deepdale.

We learned from multiple sources on Tuesday that a move to re-sign Cunningham was in the pipeline – not done, but moving in the right direction.

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Now, Cardiff boss Mick McCarthy has confirmed to Glen Williams from Wales Online that Cunningham is indeed rejoining Preston imminently.

The Irishman looks all set for a return to Deepdale, bolstering Neil’s defensive options having been forced to use Joe Rafferty at left back against Reading on Sunday.

Cunningham is out of contract at Cardiff this summer, meaning Preston may simply take him on loan until then with a view to re-signing him permanently on a free transfer.

We also understand that this means Josh Earl will again be heading out on loan, with a couple of League One teams seeking a deal until the end of the season.

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