Cardiff City Sign Duo Ahead Of New Premier League Season

Newly promoted Premier League side Cardiff City have signed the English Championship duo of Bobby Reid and Alex Smithies.

Bobby Reid, 25, has signed a four-year deal with the Bluebirds after joining from Bristol City ahead of the new season.

Cardiff City saw off the interest of West Bromwich Albion and Derby County to sign Bobby Reid, who scored 19 goals in 46 league games last season.

His form saw the striker named in the EFL’s Championship team of the year for last season.

On Reid’s acquisition, club manager Neil Warnock said: “I think his best is yet to come, he’s capable of scoring goals at the top level.”

“I watched him when he was at Plymouth Argyle… when he was on loan there and I’ve watched him since then.” He added.

Speaking further, Warnock said: “He can play in a couple of positions for us; we haven’t really got anyone who can play at the front of the diamond other than [Callum] Paterson and I think we need another option there, which Bobby gives us.

“Also he can play right up front and it’s an area I have been looking at.

“People like him and Josh Murphy [the winger signed from Norwich City] are hungry, I’ve got to get hungry players now and they’re both really looking forward to the challenge.” He concluded.

Bobby Reid in his first interview expressed how delighted he is to be a Premier League player.

He said: “I’m delighted to be here and to be a Premier League player.”

“I want to show my high energy and work rate, as well as being creative and working for the team. I’m buzzing to get started.” Reid added.

On his part, former England youth international Alex Smithies has joined the club in a £3.5m deal after signing a three-year deal.

He joined the Welsh side from Queens Park Rangers (QPR) after he made 108 appearances for the club since joining from Huddersfield Town in 2015.

Smithies, 28, will contest the number one shirt with Neil Etheridge.

On his goalkeeping acquisition, Warnock said: “He’s a lad that knows he will have to fight for his place.”

“Neil Etheridge had a fabulous season in 2017-18 and improved as time went on. It’s great for us to have that healthy competition.

“Having watched Alex for a while, there is no doubting his pedigree.” He concluded.