PNE swoop for Cunningham

Greg Cunningham has joined PNE from Bristol City
Greg Cunningham has joined PNE from Bristol City
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Preston North End have completed the signing of Bristol City left-back Greg Cunningham.

The Republic of Ireland international has signed a two-year contract at Deepdale and could make his debut in Tuesday night’s friendly at Carlisle United.

Cunningham flew back from City’s training camp in Portugal to meet with PNE officials in Scotland on Friday.

He underwent a medical in Glasgow over the weekend and has been training with his new team-mates north of the border ahead of the paperwork being registered with the Football League.

With Scott Laird and David Buchanan having departed the club in the summer, a new left-back was high priority on Simon Grayson’s wanted list.

PNE boss Grayson said: “What you find with Greg is that he is a really good age but he is experienced as well.

“He has played for some good clubs – big clubs, knows the Championship and was part of a winning mentality at Bristol City last year.

“We are very pleased to have got him; he’s desperate to do well for Preston North End and try and get back into the Ireland squad and if he does that, hopefully it means we are doing well.”

Cunningham started his career at Manchester City, making a handful of first-team appearances for them.

He picked up Championship experience during loan spells with Leicester and Nottingham Forest, before joining Bristol City in a permanent deal three years ago.

The 24-year-old said: “I had a year left on my contract at Bristol City but with my football being limited last year I was looking to get out and get games.

“When the gaffer and Preston showed an interest I came back early from Portugal and I am now delighted to have signed for the next two years.”

Cunningham follows in the footsteps of three other left-backs who have moved from City to Preston.

Rob Edwards did so in 1999 and went on to part of the 2000 Second Division title-winning squad, while Matt Hill joined in 2005.

Jamie McAllister made the same move briefly on loan in January 2012