Almost one year after Neil Warnock thought he was close to bagging him, Greg Cunningham has put pen to paper on a three year contract at Cardiff City. As with Josh Murphy, the Bluebirds have not confirmed the cost of the player, but it is thought to be in the range of £3.5m to £4m.
Cunningham was close to joining City last summer, but a leg injury put an end to that deal. It didn’t end up being a problem, as Joe Bennett really stepped up and became one of the first names on our team sheet. Quite what this means for our left back birth is anyones guess, but strong competition for places is absolutely what we need next season.
This represents our second transfer announcement in 24 hours, with both Cunningham and Murphy coming from Sky Bet Championship sides. So far, no Bluebirds supporters have voiced any concerns about Warnock dipping into the second tier for the signings that he thinks will keep the club in the Premier League come May 2019, which tells us two things:
- The supporters are behind the manager and his decision-making.
- The supporters are realistic about the kind of players we can currently attract, and also afford.
Like Murphy, Cunningham is another player who will work hard, and is eager for a chance to impress in one of the finest leagues in the world. This means we’re getting another player who is going to work his socks off for us next year, which is only a good thing.
Another positive, like with Murphy, is that Cunningham is a very good player at Championship-level. If the worst happens next season, and we find ourselves preparing for a season in the second tier in twelve months, then we will have another player who can excel at that level and help us push for an immediate return to the top flight. It’s brilliant business from Warnock.
Preston North End supporters are disappointed to lose him, but most appear thankful for the time he put in with them, and are saying he is deserving of the opportunity to play at the highest level. That’s a testament to Cunningham and his time at the club, as it’s not often that players find themselves shown that kind of respect by supporters of the club they are leaving.
Another early summer signing completed, with rumours of more to come soon. It’s not out of the question to assume that Warnock plans to sign far more than the six players he claimed at the start of May, but I dare say that those first six will be on our books long before the players return for pre-season training at the start of July.