Cardiff City headlines as Morison reveals Bluebirds transfer offer and Tomlin gets nickname at new club Walsall

Here are your Cardiff City headlines for Friday 25 February.

Morison on Cardiff’s interest in signing him

Steve Morison has revealed he once received an offer to join Cardiff City from Millwall but eventually signed for Norwich City in the Premier League that summer.

Morison’s stock was at an all-time high after scoring 35 league goals in two seasons with the Lions and Malky Mackay was keen to add the Wales international to his ranks ahead of a promotion push in the 2011/12 season.

Morison, however, opted for Norwich in the top flight. Cardiff eventually signed Robert Earnshaw, Kenny Miller and Rudy Gestede.

Ahead of this weekend’s clash with Fulham, Morison was asked if he had ever had the chance to join the Cottagers during his playing days, to which he replied: “I don’t know, I doubt it. I got one from Cardiff once! I remember that.

“I don’t think it went any further than the interest – I can’t remember when it was. I think it was when I went to Norwich from Millwall.

“I remember that period. It was when the Cardiff fan fell off the stadium, I scored the equaliser, I lobbed Stephen Bywater.

“I remember [Cardiff] had just equalized and we were standing halfway and me and Craig [Bellamy] were watching and suddenly the guy fell off the stand, but he had drunk so much that he didn’t even hurt himself.

“Yeah, it was around that time!”

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Tomlin joins Walsall

Walsall boss Mike Flynn hailed the arrival of former Cardiff City star Lee Tomlin as a “massive signing”.

Tomlin hasn’t played a competitive game for the Bluebirds since October 2020 but has been training with Northampton Town and Wrexham in recent weeks to develop his fitness.

But Flynn, who hopes Tomlin can be involved against Hartlepool United on Saturday, grabbed the 33-year-old’s signature and even revealed his nickname for the new man.

“It’s a massive signing,” Flynn said. “I call him the Keymaster because he can unlock any defense.

“He has that quality. He hasn’t played as many games lately as we would have liked, but he has been training with us.

“He also trained with Wrexham and Northampton so it’s not like he’s sitting at home.

“I know he’s sharp, so hopefully he’ll be involved in the game and help us win.

“We signed him until the end of the season. Jamie Fullarton (technical director) did a brilliant job of getting it all through,” Flynn said.

“He’s a huge signing for us. Straight away he lifted the players. They’re really happy to see him and know his quality from the training sessions he’s had with us, and obviously watching him .

“He had a good, good career and at 33 he has a lot of life left in him. Lee had a lot of other interests. I was able to convince him to come here. He was always honest with me, and he said he wanted to play for me and Walsall FC.

“Right away, that says he’s in the right frame of mind to do business for us.”

‘No reason’ Vaulks shouldn’t be selected for Wales

Morison has revealed Will Vaulks was disappointed with his omissions at Wales but sees no reason why he shouldn’t be included in the squad for their World Cup play-off campaign next month.

Wales face Austria in the semi-final, with the winner set to play the winners of the other semi-final, Scotland v Ukraine, for a place at the World Cup in Qatar.

Vaulks has played a small role in the Wales camps for the past couple of years or so, but Morison believes he has a chance if he continues his upward curve in performance.

“It really disappoints him when he’s not selected, so it’s a good thing he cares,” Morison said of the Welsh midfielder.

“All he can do is play and do well. We’re on the doorstep of Wales so he’s here and can see him play.

“If they see it, there’s no reason he shouldn’t be in there.”

Vaulks stepped in amid Joe Ralls’ recent absence and did well in the middle of the park. Morison praised the player’s performances over the past week.

“He was excellent,” added the manager. “It’s been difficult for some of them, Tommy [Doyle] incoming and ryan [Wintle] coming back meant there was more competition and the change was hard for people to deal with.

“People react in different ways, but from Will’s perspective he’s been patient and he’s been good every time he’s come in.

“I think he was excellent.”

sick cairney

Fulham captain Tom Cairney will miss the clash with Cardiff this weekend due to illness.

The Scotland international scored in the Cottagers’ 2-1 win over the Bluebirds in west London in October but will miss the second leg due to illness which prevented him winning against Peterborough in middle of the week.

“There are no big problems but it’s the same situation with TC,” said boss Marco Silva.

“He was sick last night and he’s still the same this morning, but everyone else has recovered well and is all well.”

On Cardiff’s threats, Silva said: “They’re in good spirits, they’re playing at home and they’re the type of team that are physical, play direct play, long balls, very good at set pieces. and right now they are really strong in offensive transition, counter-attacks.

“The moments that we can turn off, they can punish you, certainly, because they have fast players in the attacking line. They have two strikers who are always waiting for an error, to punish you. Their full-backs can also support their attack well. attack.

“It’s definitely going to be a tough game for us, another one.”

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