Josh Murphy is in talks with Huddersfield Town as he closes in on a Championship move following his Preston North End axe.
Preston swooped on deadline day in August to sign Murphy on loan from Championship rivals Cardiff City.
Murphy reunited with his former Norwich City coach Frankie McAvoy and the hope was that he could provide quality to North End’s attack.
A proven Championship player in his prime years, Murphy represented something of a departure from North End’s usual signings.
Unfortunately, Murphy endured a difficult season with Preston and now finds himself as a free agent.
Josh Murphy is in talks with Huddersfield Town
Murphy just didn’t have a defined role at Preston.
A natural winger, Murphy couldn’t find a position in McAvoy’s 3-4-1-2 system and had to settle for substitute appearances.
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Injuries were a problem for Murphy too, and he ended up featuring as a wing back under Ryan Lowe.
Lowe did though decide to axe Murphy before the season even ended, suggesting that he and Izzy Brown hadn’t met his standards in training.
Murphy left Preston without a single start to his name and will sadly go down as one of the club’s more forgettable loan signings in recent times.
Cardiff then decided to release Murphy at the end of his contract, meaning Murphy is now a free agent.
It looks like the 27-year-old is heading straight back to the Championship though with a deal seemingly on the cards.
Football Insider report that Murphy is in talks with Huddersfield and the Terriers lead the race for his signature.
The Terriers are seeking new signings after missing out on promotion to the Premier League with defeat to Nottingham Forest in the Championship playoff final.
Manager Carlos Corberan seemingly feels that he can get a tune out of Murphy, just as he did with many Huddersfield players last season.
After a dismal season with Preston, Murphy will be hoping for much better should he land his move to Huddersfield.