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Cardiff City loan report as youngster plays in front of 48,000 against Rangers

Here is the Cardiff City loan report.

Ciaron Brown’s huge exposure

When Ciaron Brown left for Livingston on loan at the start of the January transfer window, it is fair to say that everyone felt it was best for all parties.

With four experienced centre-backs — Sean Morrison, Curtis Nelson, Sol Bamba and Aden Flint — in situ at Cardiff City Stadium, Brown was unlikely to get a look in.

He broke through a little under Neil Warnock at the start of the season and subsequently earned a shock call-up to the Northern Ireland senior side, making his debut against Luxembourg.

The 21-year-old then dropped off the radar a little and it was widely acknowledged he needed senior football elsewhere.

Having already spent some of last season up at Livingston, Brown said he was keen to go back there as he had ‘unfinished business’.

Neil Harris has said he is excited for him to come back this summer, having experienced the rough and tumble of the Scottish Premiership, and believes his experiences north of the English border will stand him in good stead and enhance his burgeoning reputation.

Last weekend, however, Brown will have experienced arguably the most daunting and challenging experiences of his fledgling career – going toe to toe against Rangers in front of more than 48,000 in a nigh-on packed Ibrox Stadium.

Livingston lost the match 1-0 owing to a Scott Arfield strike, but nevertheless what an experience for Brown and one Cardiff will certainly benefit from in the long term.

Omar Bogle debuts against Dutch giants

Omar Bogle to Ado Den Haag was one of the most curious Cardiff City transfers of the January transfer window.

The Dutch club, who have former Newcastle and Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew in charge, swooped in for Bogle late in the window as a number of players were snapped up from clubs in the UK.

And the Bluebirds striker, who is on loan at Den Haag until the end of the season, started his first match for his new club last weekend against Dutch giants PSV Eindhoven, having come on for the last 19 minutes of the previous match against Sparta Rotterdam.

Bogle was brought in and started up front alongside Crysencio Summerville, however Den Haag were thrashed 3-0 in front of their home fans.

He had three shots, two on target but just couldn’t get on the scoresheet as he searches for his first goal in Den Haag colours.

With his contract up at Cardiff City at the end of the season, it appears unlikely we will see Bogle in a Bluebirds shirt again.

Joel Bagan seals Notts County loan

There were a few positives that emerged from Cardiff City’s penalties defeat by Reading in the FA Cup fourth round replay last week, one of which was the performance of Joel Bagan.

The 18-year-old left-back is highly thought of by those within the academy and, in an area in which City need reinforcements, have bright hopes for him for the future.

That performance against Reading was extremely encouraging. He looked adept both defensively and offensively before he hobbled off with cramp after 82 minutes.

“It was a good experience and I’m now looking to have more in men’s football,” Bagan told Notts County’s website.

“I felt more confident as the game went on, put in some nice crosses and came close to getting an assist.”

Given Brad Smith was brought in on deadline day, however, it appeared Bagan’s chances might be few and far between until the end of the season, with the youngster likely to be consigned to under-23s football.

What a great opportunity, then, for Notts County, with former City player and academy manager Neal Ardley in charge there, to come in for him last week and offer him a month-long loan contract as emergency cover at left back.

“As soon as I heard about the opportunity to come here I wanted it to happen,” he added. “This is a big club and to play in the National League will be a great experience for me.

“I can’t wait to start training now. I want to impress from the start and put myself in the manager’s thoughts.”

He did just that and was named in the County squad to face Woking in the National League just a day after his first training session.

Bagan had to settle for a place on the bench but it is certainly a space to watch. He has joined for a month, initially, but that might well be extended.

Harris is keen on getting his young players out to get this sort of exposure and would ideally like the same for Cameron Coxe. Whether that comes to fruition or not, remains to be seen.

Joe Day stars for Wimbledon

There always appeared to be one too many senior goalkeepers at Cardiff City this season, with Joe Day, Alex Smithies and Neil Etheridge all in the ranks.

So it tallied up when Day made a late switch to League One outfit AFC Wimbledon in the winter window in a bid to get some much-needed game- time under his belt.

Last week, against Ipswich, he was the star of the show as Wimbledon held on for a 0-0 draw. He made two crucial saves to deny Ipswich marksman James Norwood in the second half with the visitors banging down the door.

Then, in the final few minutes, Day kept Will Keane at bay to ensure a point was earned.

He let in two on the weekend against table-topping Rotherham, however, but Day has now bedded in as first-choice at Kingsmeadow. 

The 29-year-old has played 90 minutes in all five matches since joining the club.

Joe Day of AFC Wimbledon
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Promising academy youngster nets a hat-trick

Another player who is making waves is striker James Waite, who is on loan at Southern Football League Premier side Weston-super-Mare.

Waite is seriously earning the love and respect of the fans there and in his most recent outing last week, bagged a hat-trick as Weston downed Wimborne Town 5-0 at The Optima Stadium.

It is, remarkably, his second hat-trick for the club, having netted three times against Harrow Borough back in December, and he is really giving the Bluebirds something to think about when he returns.

That hat-trick, incidentally, came after a double just days before against Yate Town and it appears the 20-year-old striker is quickly becoming a fan favourite.

He has bagged 11 goals for the club since moving there back in October and it will be intriguing to see what City do with him when he returns to the Welsh capital this summer.

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