Former Nottingham Forest striker Robert Earnshaw says he based his decision to sign for Cardiff on his belief that he can help his new club clinch promotion to the Premier League.
The 30-year-old turned down the offer of a new contract at Forest in favour of re-joining his home-town club, who he served with distinction between 1998 and 2004.
Earnshaw scored 105 goals in 205 league appearances during his first stint in Wales and is hopeful that he can help the club’s new manager Malky Mackay achieve big things.
“The thing I said to the manager was I want success, really,” he told BBC Radio Nottingham.
“I want to be at this club to try to try and get this club up and that’s my intentions. I’m obviously sad to leave Nottingham Forest.
“It’s a tough decision because the fans just took to me as one of their own and I’m grateful because of that and that’s why it’s said to leave, but I’m leaving for a good place as well.”
However, Earnshaw’s view is different to the one offered by bwin’s Championship title betting market.
While Cardiff are joint-ninth favourites to win English football’s second tier with odds of 18/1, Forest are joint-fourth favourites at 12/1.
On the plus side, a successful £25 free bet on Cardiff to finish first, available to new customers who sign up for a bwin account, would return £475.
This compares favourably with the £325 available for a similar bet on Nottm Forest.
Earnshaw’s first chance to score for Cardiff will be on Saturday, 6th August when the Bluebirds take on West Ham at Upton Park.
But with West Ham v Cardiff odds pointing towards a home win, he might have to wait until Cardiff’s next match against Bristol City to open his account.
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