Myerscough Football Star joins Cardiff FC for £1million!
Myerscough College Football star, Craig Noone, has signed to cardiff City FC from Brighton FC for £1million. Criag is a fomer football student from the Myerscough College centre in Croxeth Park, Liverpool.
Read the full story of Craig's signing below (Story with thanks to www.walesonline.co.uk):
LONG-TIME target Craig Noone is a player who will excite the Cardiff City fans, says manager Malky Mackay. Noone, a £1m signing from Brighton, trained with the City squad yesterday and Mackay believes he has the pace and trickery to be a thorn in Championship defences.
"He is a player who is genuinely exciting," said Mackay. "He has personality, pace and skill, and he can get at opposing teams and commit defenders. He has two good feet and, at the age of 24, is young enough to develop as a player. I believe there is a lot more to come from Craig and he has the hunger to take his game to another level.He was playing non-league football and grasped his chance in the Football League. My feeling is that Craig is a really good capture for Cardiff, a player who has the ability to help the club go forward. He is determined and has a positive attitude - and I am really excited by this signing."
Noone - who will wear the No. 16 shirt - hopes to make an instant impact against Wolves on Sunday after training with his new teammates yesterday.
"My aim is promotion to the Premier League as quickly as possible," said the Liverpudlian who completed his medical late on Wednesday evening and signed a four-year contract yesterday morning. "I'm feeling sharp. Fingers crossed I'll be involved against Wolves if I continue training well over the next couple of days."
Noone is Mackay's ninth signing of the summer and his arrival takes the club's spending in the transfer market to £6.8m. And the former Plymouth man that former Bluebirds defender Chris Barker played a role in his move from the South Coast of England to South Wales.
"I know Chris from my days at Plymouth and he still lives in Cardiff. I've spoken to ‘Barks' quite a bit over the last couple of days", said Noone. Noone also knows Joe Mason from his days at Home Park and he told Cardiff City's official website: "It's good to have familiar faces here with Chris and Joe.
"I'm delighted to be here at such a big club that wants promotion to the Premier League. I want to be playing there as quickly as possible too - just like the fans and everybody associated with the club. I knew there was some interest from Cardiff for me back in January and that went right down to the last day of the transfer window. It's a bit strange signing for Cardiff having played against them for Brighton a week or so ago - but I'm just glad it's all done now and I can't wait to play."
There was heartache for Kirkby-born Noone early in his quest to make the grade in professional football when he was released by his beloved Liverpool. It was Steve Heighway, a former Reds star who became the club's Academy director, who told Noone he wouldn't make it with the Anfield club. He was 11-years-old at the time and dreaming of a career playing for his beloved Liverpool.
"That was a horrible time for me. I know Steve quite well now and every time I bump into him he says well done and keep going. After leaving Liverpool I went to Wrexham for a year at 15, but they let me go and I played a bit of non-league football. After attending Myerscough football college for six months, I joined Skelmersdale, Burscough and Southport."
Noone became a roofer after his budding football career stalled, but grabbed his chance at Football League level with Plymouth in 2008. Then, in January 2011, he made the move to Brighton where he made 64 appearances, scoring four goals. Mackay - who tried to sign Noone last January - will be challenged with providing pin-point delivery for Heidar Helguson and his fellow strikers.
But Mackay has plenty of options within his enlarged squad and needs to make some big decisions, starting with the visit of Wolves. That includes whether to opt for a 4-5-1 formation again or switch to 4-4-2. Noone would certainly fit into either and he has the potential to improve the service from wide areas.
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