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Cardiff City complete second summer signing as Irish international Greg Cunningham completes his move from Preston North End

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Cardiff City have today completed their second signing of the summer with the capture of Preston North End full-back Greg Cunningham.

The Bluebirds have wrapped up their second signing in 24 hours with Cunningham joining Josh Murphy in switching to the Welsh capital.

The Republic of Ireland joins Cardiff for an undisclosed fee, signing a three-year contract that will keep him in place until the summer of 2021.

Cunningham was heading into the final year of his contract with Preston North End who were keen to extend his deal.

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However, Neil Warnock continued to circle after trying to buy Cunningham last January as well as the previous summer.

The Yorkshireman has finally got his man and he joins up with the Bluebirds as them embark upon their first season in the Premier League since the 2013/14 campaign.

Speaking to Cardiff City’s official website, Warnock said: “It’s fair to say that I’ve been an admirer of Greg for a number of years and that he’s consistently been one of the best left-sided defenders for club and country.

“We’re delighted to have his experience and knowledge so as to supplement Joe Bennett who had a great time last season. I anticipate that Greg coming in will give us a lot of strength down that left-hand side.”

Cunningham will indeed add depth the Bluebirds’ back-line with few support options on the left behind number one choice Joe Bennett.

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Cardiff City’s newest recruit also brings with him a wealth of experience having featured for five clubs during his career, as well as representing Republic of Ireland on four occasions.

The 27-year-old started his career with Manchester City, graduating from their academy in 2010.

Cunningham made just two first-team appearances for City, also completing two loan spells with Leicester City and Nottingham Forest respectively.

He then made the move to Bristol City, where he made 91 appearances over a three-year period before signing for Preston North End in 2015.

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The Irish international has featured 59 times since arriving at Deepdale, including 21 outings this season as Preston narrowly missed out on a top six finish.

Cunningham, alongside fellow new signing Josh Murphy, will link up with the Bluebirds for the start of pre-season which commences in early July.

(Featured image: Michael Kranewitter)