Simon Lappin can’t wait to get the Cardiff City chapter of his career started on Saturday at Oakwell, with the versatile player happy for the opportunity to play and fully ready for the test ahead.
“It’ll be a tough game against Barnsley,” he said. “The boys have obviously been playing great to get into their current league position and hopefully I can add something and play my part and keep that going.
“The lads have all been very welcoming. Obviously I know one or two of the Scottish lads and I’ve played against most of the boys at some point. But training has been great and I’m looking forward to possibly playing against Barnsley. There’s nothing worse than being a footballer and sitting on the side-lines and watching, so I’m hoping I will get to play my part here.”
Simon, an experienced Championship promotion veteran with parent club Norwich believes his current team-mates have the look of a team capable of similar, though has stressed the need for all concerned to maintain a proper focus.
“Cardiff have always been up at the top end of the table and challenging even the year I got promoted with Norwich,” he said. “There is a squad of fantastic players here and only time will tell, it’s very cliché to say to take one game at a time, but it’s silly to look too far ahead and as I said we are concentrating on the Barnsley game.”
The player dubbed ‘King of Spain’ by the Canaries faithful was however unwilling to be drawn on questions of his future, saying, “We just need to wait and see what happens. I’m really happy to be here and hopefully I can play some games, but I’m not thinking any further ahead than Saturday’s game. It’s a tough game and I’m fully focussed on that.
“I’m delighted to be here, I was given the opportunity to come and play some games. As soon as I heard Cardiff were keen to have me here I just couldn’t wait to get down here. Obviously because it’s a fantastic club who have a lot of great players and their form in the league is great at the minute and hopefully I can keep that going and we’ll see what happens.
“Malky is a young hungry manager and his drive to succeed; this was another big factor with coming here. The boys are playing with confidence and hopefully I can play my part when called upon and do a job for the team.”