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Cardiff's McPhail Linked Again
Cardiff's McPhail Linked Again
Monday, 30th Aug 2010 15:48

Town have again been linked with Cardiff City midfielder Stephen McPhail. The former Leeds man was previously mentioned in connection with the Blues early this month when reports in Wales claimed the 30-year-old was the subject of conversations between Roy Keane and Dave Jones.

McPhail, who was born in London but raised in Dublin, played alongside Keane for the Republic of Ireland.

After playing youth football with the Home Farm club from where Darren O’Dea, Shane Supple, Alan Lee and Owen Garvan also emerged and where Garvan’s father is a coach, McPhail joined Leeds United. The 5ft 8in tall midfielder has also appeared for Millwall (loan), Nottingham Forest (loan) and Barnsley.

Another midfielder is on Town’s list of potential loan signings, although Keane said on Saturday that he still didn’t expect any more additions before Tuesday’s deadling. ‘Emergency’ loan signings can be made from the following week.

Meanwhile, Town striker Jason Scotland has revealed he mis-hit his league debut goal for the Blues: “If I had struck the shot properly the keeper would probably have saved it. I failed to get a clean connection and the ball evaded David James and went in off the far post.

“I’m not fully match-fit yet and this was my first 90 minutes of action at first team level for a long while.”

Trinidad and Tobago are without a game during the international break and the 31-year-old will work on his fitness during the fortnight without domestic fixtures.

Elsewhere, former Town striker Sam Morrow has joined Tranmere Rovers from Coleraine in his home country of Northern Ireland for a nominal fee.

Morrow, 25, made one first team sub appearance in the Carling Cup while at Portman Road having come through the academy.


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legoman added 16:01 - Aug 30
Shhhhhhhh. We don't want to know that Jason!
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titanicclown added 16:05 - Aug 30
If there is a chance of getting Mcphail Keane should take it. Classy midfielder who would add a bit of finesse behind Norris and Leadbitter.
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StowTractorBoy added 16:17 - Aug 30
Be happy with that purchase or loan if it came off as he could fulfil the Hyam role in his absence. Quite a hard man as well and in Keanes words we need characters so McPhail would fit the bill nicely.
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zippyrainbow added 16:17 - Aug 30
Is this bloke Irish? This player was once dubbed the new Liam Brady. I wonder what went wrong since he has languished in the lowere leagues ever since and nobody decent ever bought him. Poor soul !!! Anyway, it's your lucky day !!! Our manager will sign you just because you are Irish and it doesn't matter if you are mediocre. Just ask Colin Healy !!!
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1234566789 added 16:18 - Aug 30
This is the sort of experienced midfielder that would be needed that is proven in this league and will add great competition and cover for suspensions and injuries also with young Hyam lacking experience he cannot be expected to play every game McPhail would be a very good addition but since he is Irish people shall moan but I don’t care where he is from decent player great experience can help us push on
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mickeyjb added 16:24 - Aug 30
You know what I didn't know "Garvans dad also coached there" please get rid of that sentence in the cut and paste section, old news now!

I was impressed with hyam, could do with someone else in that position too though
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ITFCkezza added 16:24 - Aug 30
very honest Mr Scotland, I don't care how they go in just as long as they keep going in! Would welcome McPhail to build up numbers.
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The_Snake added 16:44 - Aug 30
Zippy - is this bloke Irish? Can't you read? The clue is in 'born in London'.
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maimeetang added 16:50 - Aug 30
SHHHHH Jason. The fraggles want to think that you're world class :0)
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Eireannach_gorm added 16:59 - Aug 30
Stephen is a good player and would certainly improve the team.

Has overcome great difficulties in his own life.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2009/nov/21/stephen-mcphail-cancer-cardiff-ir
He may qualify under the 'character' rule.
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tom_the_blue added 17:05 - Aug 30
Decent player, would definatily add strength in depth to the midfield
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tom_the_blue added 17:07 - Aug 30
Its also great to see him playing having overcome cancer, which you are right does show character and mental strength
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dubblue added 17:27 - Aug 30
Would certainly be a useful addition to the squad - the current midfield set-up is doing great but no harm having some extra cover.
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RetroBlue added 17:38 - Aug 30
decent player by all accounts ..
Town linked with him...
down to Clegg to sign him by tommorrows deadline...errrm
not a chance in hell then !
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jas0999 added 18:12 - Aug 30
I think we really do need a midfielder and a right back. But sadly, doesn't sound like anything will happen tomorrow.

McPhail would be an excellent signing though.
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kerryblue added 18:16 - Aug 30
Zippy you should think before you speak,Mc Phail has had some major set backs before in his career and has also seen off cancer in a battle he faced head on.He would be a player I would love us to sign as he is a fighter with a lethal shot and a never say die attitude.
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ramseyn added 18:37 - Aug 30
Didn't he also play champions league football with Leeds?
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WadzillaBhoy added 19:00 - Aug 30
Zippy I wish someone would zip you up. He plays for Ireland but is born in London. Anyway why does it matter if he's Irish? He is a great player who definatly does the business at this level. Also dont forget Garvan is mediocre and Irish and where is he...Gone! So bang goes your theory. Healy is a good back up player, on what Id imagine is a very low wage. Think before you spout garbage, its a players attitude and ability that matters not their nationality.
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Back_The_Boss added 19:07 - Aug 30
McPhail would be a good signing. I would rather see a new right back though. COYB!
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Bergholtblue added 20:04 - Aug 30
We seem to have settled on a 1 4 1 4 ( or 3 2 ) formation and it has worked so far this season. He would be good cover/replacement for young Hyam. I would welcome him with open arms
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bluelady added 20:42 - Aug 30
Kereyblue well said - how ignorant some so called 'fans' really are! Clearly this guy is a fighter and winner and my hat goes off to him.
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arc added 20:53 - Aug 30
COLLLLLLLLLL-BACKKKKKKKKKKK... (Please)
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ChambersM added 21:11 - Aug 30
Is there a chance we can get a bigger midfielder, in the mould of trotter, however not rubbish....despite the three regulars we have atm doing a very good job, we are extremely light weight so I think a taller, maybe more intimidating player would be better. Positive enough for you 'keane can do no wrong-ers'?
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NathItfc added 21:21 - Aug 30
30 year old, may well be past it, would much rather buy Ross McCormack. Or Colback!. Also get a right back please, and i will be a happy man. :)
COYB!
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bluelady added 08:12 - Aug 31
Chambersm have you seen hyham play? He may not be tall but tell you what he certainly isn't lightweight he is a very tough challanger. And nathan firstly ross mccormack has signed for leeds and secondly is a striker or winger not cover for the centre mid or holding midfielder post! We need some more experience in the team to help out the kids. He is thirty not fourty so why won't he give us a good season or two?
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