McNaughton Agrees New Cardiff Contract

  • March 09, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton's hopes of signing Kevin McNaughton appear to be over, after he agreed to sign a new 12-month contract at Cardiff City.

McNaughton spent three months on loan at the Reebok Stadium earlier this season, scoring once in 13 appearances, before returning to his parent club after the Boxing Day victory at Barnsley.

Wanderers boss Dougie Freedman attempted to bring the 31-year-old back to the club during the January transfer window, but a change of manager at the Cardiff City Stadium meant that approach was rebuffed.

The Bluebirds' longest serving player hasn't featured since City's 3-0 defeat to Swansea City in February, but manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says the professionalism of the player means he is fully deserving of a new deal.

"For a manager it's perfect to have a player like Kevin in the squad," Solskjaer told Cardiff's official club website.

"He keeps the standard up and you know he'll always bring the upmost professionalism and attitude to his game and to the team. He fully deserves his extended deal."

McNaughton, who had previously admitted he would have liked to have secured a permanent move to Bolton, says he has now set his sights on helping Cardiff retain their Premier League status - something which was nothing more than a pipedream when he joined the club from Aberdeen in 2006.

"I think I'm part of the furniture now," McNaughton said. "I've been here a while!

"It's great really to look forward to another season at the club.

"When I first came we were playing at Ninian Park and everything has changed since then with excellent training facilities and the stadium. Obviously now we're a Premier League football team, I'm looking to stay there."

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