Six U23 players included in City's R2 Carabao Cup side
Ciaron Brown, Cameron Coxe, James Waite, Shamar Moore, Tavio Kouakou d'Almeida & Jack Bodenham have all been included in City’s 18-man matchday squad for the Carabao Cup Round Two clash with Luton Town FC.
Interested in finding out more about our future prospects, check below…
30. CIARON BROWN
OTHER CLUBS: Wealdstone, Livingston (loan)
It takes a strong defender to learn their trade in the National League North, but that’s exactly what Ciaron Brown did with Wealdstone as a youngster. The central defender, who can also cover at left-back, made over 50 appearances for the Stones before making the step up and move to South Wales in January 2018 after gaining huge plaudits as non-league level.
Ciaron spent the second half of the 2018/19 season on loan with SPL side Livingston, making five first team appearances. He has since appeared for the Bluebirds throughout their American tour, and also during the pre-season home match against OGC Nice – keeping new Newcastle winger Allan Saint-Maximin quiet in the 1-0 City win.
We’re delighted to reveal that Ciaron has this week agreed a new two-year deal with the Club.
32. CAMERON COXE
PLACE OF BIRTH: Merthyr
Cameron Coxe made his first team debut for the Bluebirds in this competition in 2017 - standing out at CCS against Burton Albion.
The Merthyr-born right-back is a Welsh youth international and has been selected for the upcoming Wales U21 UEFA European Qualifying matches against Belgium & Germany.
Speaking at the end of the 2018/19 season, Cameron, who has been with Cardiff City since he was seven years-old, said: “We all want to progress as individuals as well as a team. I want to push on and hopefully try and get some First Team involvement.”
34. JAMES WAITE
POSITION: Creative Midfielder
OTHER CLUBS: Hereford (loan)
Young midfielder James Waite enjoyed a positive pre-season campaign. The 20-year-old travelled with our first team squad to North America for their pre-season tour and has also impressed at U23 level.
Waite played largely as a No.10 for the U23 side over the pre-season campaign – and showed the technique needed for that shirt against K.V. Kortrijk on Friday, August 2nd, lifting the ball over the KVK goalkeeper and into the top corner of the net from an improbable angle.
“My main goal is for a positive season – to score as many goals and create as many goals as possible and to work hard for myself and the team.”
35. SHAMAR MOORE
OTHER CLUBS: Reading
Shamar is a centre-forward, who joined City permanently from Reading in the summer of 2019.
He has started the season strongly with Andy Legg’s side, netting once in two competitive matches to date.
A number of City fans will have already seen Shamar in action, as the impressive forward played the opening 45 minutes of our pre-season opener at Taff’s Well, attended by well over 2,000 City fans.
36. TAVIO KOUAKOU d’ALMEIDA
OTHER CLUBS: Auxerre
Tavio is our most recent addition to the Cardiff City U23 setup, having joined the Bluebirds this week following a successful trial over the summer.
The young midfielder is originally from the Ivory Coast and has agreed a three-year-deal at CCS.
37. JACK BODENHAM
OTHER CLUBS: TNS (loan)
Jack impressed while on loan with Cymru Premier Champions TNS on loan during the second half of the 2018/19 campaign.
The towering central defender has captained our U23 side regularly over the past twelve months.
He joined the Bluebirds initially in 2013 at U14 level.