Greg Cunningham says heartfelt thanks after leaving Preston for Cardiff

Greg Cunningham has said thank you to everyone associated with Preston North End after completing a move to Premier League new boys Cardiff.

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The 27-year-old leaves PNE after three seasons at Deepdale in which he made 111 appearances.

He has signed a three-year contract and moves for an undisclosed fee, thought to be around the £4m mark

That would be the biggest fee North End have received for a defender.

"I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the management, staff, players and particularly the fans for these past three years at Preston North End," Cunningham said on Twitter.

Greg Cunningham was a firm fan favourite during his time at Deepdale

Greg Cunningham was a firm fan favourite during his time at Deepdale

"I’ve enjoyed every minute at Preston and gave my all.

"I want to wish the club all the success for the future. Thank you!"

Cunningham joined the Lilywhites on a free transfer from Brsitol City in July 2015 and established himself straight away as PNE's first-choice left-back.

He won the club's player of the award award in his first season and was a model of consistency in the defence throughout his time at the club.

Greg Cunningham scores his first PNE goal against former club Bristol City in January 2016

Greg Cunningham scores his first PNE goal against former club Bristol City in January 2016

North End fans will remember him attempting to play on after being injured against Norwich in April 2017 - it ended-up that he had broken his leg.

PNE said on their official website: "Greg was entering his final year of his contract with the Lilywhites, but despite the best efforts of the club, he did not want to sign a new deal and with the opportunity to play top tier football, this move is in the best interest of all parties."

Cardiff manager Neil 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."