MACKAY WANTS TO KEEP BAR­NETT

The Football League Paper - - FA CUP SEMI-FINAL - By Adam Hip­kiss

CARDIFF boss Malky Mackay claims Leon Bar­nett’s like­ness to per­ma­nent Blue­birds cen­tre-backs Mark Hud­son and Ben Turner may tempt him to ex­tend the Nor­wich de­fender’s loan deal.

The 27-year-old has im­pressed since step­ping in for in­jured cap­tain Hud­son, who is still miss­ing with an an­kle in­jury, but the blow is eased by the form of Bar­nett – who could re­main at the Cardiff City Sta­dium un­til the end of the sea­son.

“I would love him to stay un­til the end of the sea­son.We will be talk­ing to Chris Hughton and are hop­ing Nor­wich will al­low him to stay,” said Mackay. “There is a calm­ness about him I love. He has a brav­ery and calm­ness I also see in Mark Hud­son and Ben Turner.

“But Leon is their player and we must show them re­spect. They were good enough to al­low him to join us for 28 days and now I would love to keep him be­yond that.

“The boy’s at­ti­tude is spot on. He is a qual­ity player and that shows why I have Iain Moody and the re­cruit­ment de­part­ment in place.

“We de­cided he was the per­son to bring in when Mark Hud­son went out. Leon has a cou­ple of hun­dred games un­der his belt as well as pro­mo­tions and more than any of that he is a good lad.”

LOAN: Leon Bar­nett

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