We’ve all waited years, decades, in some cases generations for this day to come, but like us Peter Whittingham’s wait for Premier League football with the Bluebirds will come to an end as Cardiff City make their Premier League bow at West Ham.
Since joining the club in January 2007, Whittingham knows more than most about City’s ‘nearly moments’ over the last decade; but now getting just reward for maintaining his desire to make a return to the Premier League with Cardiff City, he more than most will be looking to make the most of the opportunity on his top flight return.
“We’re all confident and want to do well in this league,” said Whittingham. “We’re all really looking forward to it. We’ll go to West Ham looking for the win.
“Once you go through the roller-coaster where you might go up and you don’t, when you finally get there it feels a bit surreal.
“I always said I wanted to play in the Premier League. I turned a few moves down and now want to reap rewards in the top flight with City. I said when I came here I wanted to help get Cardiff to the Premier League and now it has happened I want to kick on from here.
“There is a point for everyone to prove, it is the next step up and it is about people acclimatising to that and going up another level again.”
Plenty of hard work and graft has gone on throughout the Bluebirds’ summer preparations, none more so than the Nuneaton born midfielder who made his own personal statement last weekend with a stunning opener in the Bluebirds 2-1 win over Athletic Club.
But Whittingham admits, he feels he still has a point to prove: “I have a point to prove, I was released by Villa so it is a big point for me and it is one I am relishing.
“It is going to be a big year for everyone involved and we will need everyone but we are confident we can do well.
“We won the Championship last year, we looked good and we were top from November on. We know we are good enough and we are just looking forward to it.”
And Whitts’ is also looking forward to teaming up with City’s latest recruits, with five signings already through the door at Cardiff City Stadium this summer.
“There is a buzz around created by the sort of money being spent.” said Whittingham “We know it is for the good of the club.
“The manager has spent a bit of money so it is going to be hard but it is all about taking your chance when you get it and keeping the shirt when you get it and playing well.”
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