Cardiff City’s Josh Murphy signs season-long loan deal with Preston North End

Cardiff City’s Josh Murphy has signed a season-long loan deal with Championship rivals Preston North End.

The Bluebirds winger has been out of favour this season, having been unused in all five of Cardiff’s Championship fixtures.

It is understood the pull of joining Frankie McAvoy up at Deepdale was appealing to the player, given he had worked with the manager during his days as first-team coach at Norwich City.

Murphy still stands as Cardiff’s record transfer, having joined from Carrow Road for £11m back in 2018 ahead of the club’s second foray into the Premier League.

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But his inconsistency has been a source of much frustration for the Cardiff City fan base and he has been unable to nail down a regular starting spot in the side.

He enjoyed a brief resurgence at the start of Mick McCarthy’s reign earlier this year, scoring two goals and providing three assists in the first six fixtures in which he featured under the manager.

However he struggled thereafter and began the 2021/22 season behind Ryan Giles, Rubin Colwill, Mark Harris and Leandro Bacuna in the pecking order for those wide attacking berths and has therefore joined Preston.

Murphy said: “I’m really excited, I’ve always had tough games playing at Deepdale, I know the manager quite well and it’s something I’m looking forward to. I know some of the players as well so it’s an opportunity I’m excited for.

“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.”

Manager McAvoy added: “I obviously know Josh well having had him at Norwich City. He’s a very dynamic player, he’s got explosive pace and can play in wide areas or through the middle which he did at Cardiff last season and we’re just delighted to get the deal done.

“Getting the deal over the line is magnificent and I’d like to thank Cardiff City as well for their help. We’re absolutely delighted with the addition and can’t wait for him to get into training.”

Murphy’s contract ends next summer, so whether he has played his last game in a Bluebirds shirt remains to be seen.

The 26-year-old’s record for Cardiff City currently reads 14 goals in 99 games.


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