Here’s your round-up of all the latest Cardiff City headlines for Friday, March 11.
Morison backs Davies and Colwill for Wales – on one condition
Steve Morison says he’s not yet held any conversations with Rob Page over a possible call-up for young duo Isaak Davies and Rubin Colwill, but says he doesn’t want them to simply make up the numbers in the latest Wales squad.
Page is set to announce his squad for the upcoming World Cup play-off with Austria next week, and there’s a growing clamour to include Colwill, who was part of their Euro 2020 set-up, and Isaak Davies, who’s not yet received a senior call-up.
Cardiff and Wales legend Joe Ledley recently backed both players to be a part of Page’s plans and, while he’s echoed that backing, Morison hopes that any call-up will give his youngsters the chance to make a meaningful contribution.
“They’ve played well,” he said. “The experience of going away with Wales excellent. It’s great for them to be a part of it and it’s a great reward.
“I haven’t spoken to the Wales manager so I don’t know what his thoughts are on those players. Whether he wants to take them and involve them, or wants to take them to be a part of it, or doesn’t want to take them at all.
“As long as it’s all managed right and in the right way, then hopefully they will be a part of the Welsh set-up for a hell of a long time and become key members of the team.
“Does that mean I don’t want them to go right now? No. But like everything it has to be managed correctly.
“If Rob wants to give me a call and discuss it then I’m here to discuss it. if not then we don’t. I just have to watch from afar and hope they’re managed in the best possible way.”
Morison wanted Aston Villa players
Cardiff City boss Steve Morison has admitted he tried to sign Aston Villa’s Cameron Archer in the January window, shortly before the forward completed a loan move to Preston.
Speaking ahead of City’s third clash of the season against Preston, Morison was full of praise for boss Ryan Lowe – and indeed his dealings in the transfer market, admitting that the Bluebirds had made a real attempt to wow Villa into sending Archer to the Welsh capital.
“Ryan’s done great and they’ve made some good signings,” Morison said. “Cameron Archer’s a really good signing. Someone we were interested in as well.
“We had a conversation, like we had to do with all the loan players.
“We had to put presentations together for all of them and we did that for a couple of players at Aston Villa, and they decided to go to other teams.
“That was it. Not really any different to any conversations we’ve had with other players.
“He decided to go to Preston and that’s about it.”
Lowe addresses Murphy contract
Preston North End manager Ryan Lowe has refused to be drawn on suggestions that he might look to land Josh Murphy on a permanent deal this summer, but hopes the winger can finally start to show his capabilities over the coming months.
The winger’s contract at Cardiff expires at the end of the season and after an injury-hit year on loan at Deepdale, his future seems highly uncertain.
The 27-year-old is ineligible for North End’s trip to face the Bluebirds this weekend, but could have nine games after that to try and make an impact after recently returning from an injury lay-off.
When asked about the Cardiff man, Lowe told LancsLive : “It’s a big couple of months for all of the players that are out of contract really isn’t it? If you are in the team, great, you want to try and shine and if you’re out of the team, you find yourself not really having many games to impress.
“And sometimes, that’s just the way it is. Murph is just in a situation where his contract runs out at Cardiff and his loan runs out with us at the end of the season. I’m not in a position to discuss all of those situations at the moment.
“I’m not going to do that, we will wait until the time is right. But any player who is out of contract, up and down the country, it’s a big few months for them yeah.”
Bagan full of confidence
Joel Bagan says Cardiff are full of confidence following their win over QPR, and admits he’s been enjoying his football after turning in an impressive recent run of form.
Bagan enjoyed an impressive run during February, netting three goals in as many games, and is eager to keep building momentum before the end of the season.
“It was massive, especially when we were 1-0 down away from home,” he said. “To turn it around like we did and go on to win the game was great.
“For me personally, that Liverpool game gave me a lot of confidence going into the games after that, and the goals gave me a massive boost as well.
“Getting a good run of games has helped me out massively with my confidence.
“It’s great having other young players like Rubin and Isaak around you. I’ve been with them for years now, since we were at U18 level.
“Now that we’re all doing well and getting game time for the Club, it’s amazing to see.”
“We’re going into both of these games to try and get three points. We’re confident as well, we’ve had a good run of results and we’re definitely looking to take six points out of the two games before the international break.”
For the latest Cardiff City news and analysis delivered straight to your inbox, you can sign up for our newsletter here.