This week, it was announced that English young keeper Tom Heaton was joining Cardiff City on loan from Man Utd. The team is playing in the Championship, finishing 12th in the 2007/08 season, but managed to make it to the Final of FA Cup, only to lose against Portsmouth.
Their manager, Dave Jones, believes that Heaton’s move may lead to a formal link between the two clubs, which would see Cardiff getting more Man Utd players on loan to gain match experience. He praised the quality of Man Utd players and believes that they add something special to his team. He also believe that it shows that Cardiff City are on the right track, as a big club like Manchester United sends its players to play, train and use the club’s facilities.
“When a club like Manchester United loan you a player, it means they believe in what you are trying to do. It means they trust the club, and me as a manager, to help their future stars develop. If Tom’s move is a success, as we hope it will be, then we will have a good chance of getting more players in the future. That can only be a good thing for Cardiff.”
“When the European champions, one of the best clubs in the world, send you a player, you know you are getting quality. So you look to build that rapport as strongly as possible. That has to be the next aim.”
“We know it is a one-way thing and Manchester United call the shots. If they don’t want a deal to happen, it doesn’t. But they obviously believe we are doing something right down here. And, if they want to loan us their players, that is something we want to keep going.” – Dave Jones, Cardiff City FC manager