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Cardiff city confirm Fowler

Posted by archifCLICarchive from National - Published on 05/08/2007 at 16:09
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Former Liverpool and England striker Robbie Fowler has agreed a two-year contract with Championship side Cardiff.

The 32-year-old striker was released by Liverpool at the end of last season and has rejected moves to Leicester City and Sydney FC.

Fowler, who has 162 Premiership goals to his name, said the Bluebirds offer the drive, challenge and ambition he needs at this stage of his career.

Cardiff manager Dave Jones has dubbed the move as the biggest transfer coup in the club’s history.

"It's taken a lot of hard work but thankfully it's done now," said Jones.

He’s got great hunger and drive.”

Fowler will be re-united with Cardiff chairman Peter Ridsdale, who was in charge at Leeds when he signed from Liverpool for £11m in November 2001.

Fowler confirmed, “I’m really happy to be joining”.

Ridsdale had won him over with his ambitious plans for the club, which include a new state-of-the art home for the Bluebirds.

“I’m here to help fire the Bluebirds into the Premiership!” Fowler explained.

The Liverpool legend declared he had chosen Cardiff, ahead of the other teams chasing him because they offer great opportunities and have the ambition and challenge he was looking for.

“I’m looking forward to a real challenge”, he explained.

Fowler will easily become the highest paid Bluebirds star in the club’s history, with a reported £15,000 a week salary and generous goal and appearance bonuses on top.

If he does manage to help Cardiff into the top flight, Fowler will also be handed a massive £800,000 payment.

But Fowler emphasised money was the last thing on his mind.

“I would like to think I can keep the goals coming this season and the team can get a bit more consistent in terms of results”, he said.

Playing for Bluebirds will see Fowler drop out of the Premiership for the first time, but he has no real issue with that.

“That is not a problem, plenty of other Premiership players have done it and been a success and I don’t see myself as any different,” said Fowler.

The new season certainly sees great change for the club as Fowler's arrival comes just over a week after Cardiff sold last season's top scorer Michael Chopra to Sunderland for £4.5m.

Jones revealed he would have signed Fowler even if Chopra had stayed showing his true desire for the former England striker.

"It puts the club in a healthy position, which is what we've been fighting for over the last 12 months." Said Jones.

Robbie isn’t the first former England international to join the team; Trevor Sinclair as well as Scottish midfielder Gavin Rae from Rangers joins him at the club.

“With what’s going on at Cardiff at the moment, it’s like a new club. It’s certainly a good place to be at this moment in time.” said Jones.

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