PA­TIENT BOGLE’S EARNED HIS BIG CHANCE

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By James An­drew

OMAR Bogle has had to bide his time at Cardiff, but Neil Warnock be­lieves the for­mer Grimsby striker has earned his shot with the Blue­birds.

Bogle ar­rived in the Welsh cap­i­tal from Wi­gan in Au­gust but found him­self be­hind Danny Ward and Ken­neth Zo­hore in the peck­ing or­der.

How­ever he got his first start of the league cam­paign against Ip­swich on Tues­day, scor­ing a goal in the Blue­birds’ 3-1 vic­tory.

And Warnock has been im­pressed by the work the 24-year-old has put in be­hind the scenes to force his way into con­tention.

He said: “He’s been bust­ing a gut to play.

“He’s been do­ing ex­tra ses­sions – be­cause he has to.

When you’re not play­ing, you’ve got make sure that, when you’re given an op­por­tu­nity, you’re ready.

“When I signed him, I did say to his agent that he’d have to be pre­pared to come as third choice and that, if he could do that, I’d take him.

“He’s got to fight his way into the team and show me what he can do.

“I can’t speak highly enough of how he and (Lee) Tomlin have trained.

“I was re­ally pleased with them. For Omar to get a goal as well was great.”

While Bogle knew he would not get a chance im­me­di­ately, he ex­plained that the chance to work with Warnock was too good to turn down.

He added: “With the team do­ing well and with Zo­hore and Ward al­ready be­ing here, I knew I was go­ing to have to come in and com­pete with ev­ery­one else.

“I think at my age it wasn’t about go­ing some­where for more money.

“It was about go­ing some­where where I can be un­der a man­ager that’s go­ing to im­prove me and take me to the next level as a player.”

EF­FORT: Omar Bogle

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