JUNIOR: TEAM SPIRIT, NO EGOS
2 years 9 months ago
"I've been made to feel very welcome here", says City wide man...The Bluebirds travel to Newcastle United this weekend, looking to get back on track following only their first defeat in four against Wigan last time out.
Neil Warnock’s influence since taking the reins has been evident, with his new influx of playing personnel helping to contribute to a renewed, battling attitude on the field.
One of those players to become an instant hit with the Bluebirds’ faithful has been Junior Hoilett. The twenty-six year old Canadian international signed as a free transfer back at the start of October, putting pen to paper on a deal that will take him through to the end of the 2016/17 season.
Speaking exclusively to Cardiff City Player HD recently, Junior reflected on his first month in the Welsh capital and how he’s found his place in the “Cardiff City family”.
“I’ve been made to feel very welcome since I’ve come here,” Junior told us. “The supporters have been great, as have the staff and we obviously have a fantastic stadium and training ground.
“I’m really happy to stay here and I like the place – the scenery down the Bay is amazing.
“I knew Brian Murphy and Matt Connolly from my time at QPR, but this is like a family here – there are no egos. Hopefully that translates into more success on the pitch going forward.”
Junior left Queens Park Rangers as a free agent in the summer and had to bide his time before his move to the Bluebirds came. He recalls: “It was a bit frustrating at times, but you just have to be patient and have good people around you to get you through it.
“I’m fortunate to have a strong family behind me who kept me motivated throughout. I did a lot of work on my own to ensure that I was ready for when the opportunity came.
“I was happy to get straight in to things when I came in at Cardiff City; I had a good first week of training and those first three games in particular were really encouraging.”
The Bluebirds head north to St. James’ Park for Saturday’s 3pm kick-off against the Magpies in a game that you can listen to in full on Cardiff City Player HD Live Commentary.
Click below to see more of Junior on our latest edition of 'In The City'...