CARDIFF City fans have been left scratching their heads after club hero Craig Bellamy snubbed the Championship side to rejoin Liverpool.
The pint sized striker had previously said the only British club, other than then employers Manchester City, he wanted to play for was the Bluebirds, where he spent last season on loan.
Bellamy arrived at the Cardiff City Stadium to great fanfare in August last year and announced he was on a mission to take the club he’d supported as a boy to the Premiership.
But, despite the 32-year-old stating his intention to return and finish the job at the end of last season, Bellamy has re-signed for former club Liverpool, where he played during the 2006/07 season.
Just as he’d done when he first signed for Liverpool in summer 2006, Bellamy announced he was ‘thrilled’ to be joining the club he’d supported as a boy.
Amazingly Thursday’s transfer deadline day was the first time in over a year that anybody mentioned that Bellamy had previously said he was a boyhood Liverpool fan.
WNN’s Cardiff City pundit Peter Zois said Bluebirds fans shouldn’t feel that Bellamy had deceived them.
“It would be easy to think this is just a line Craig trots out every six to 10 months when he joins a new club,” said Peter: “But in fairness he’s only used this when signing for Liverpool (twice) and Cardiff City, when he signed and at every opportunity after that.
“But I think Craig, like most Welsh people, genuinely feels it’s OK to support two teams. It’s also not like he’s Robbie Keane who used this line when signing for Tottenham, Liverpool, Tottenham again and Celtic.
“Craig could have used this line when he joined Newcastle, West Ham, Celtic or even possibly Blackburn people would have probably believed it or at least not questioned it. Obviously though people would have seen straight through him if he tried this when he signed for Coventry.”
Former goalie Peter also added his own take on a needless cliche, (seemingly in reference to Bellamy allegedly battering then Liverpool teammate John Arne Riise with a golf club in 2007): “Craig can honestly now say though that’s he’s had more clubs than Jack Nicklaus has swung (at a professional footballer).”
In other news on transfer deadline day UK employment minister Chris Grayling has praised Premiership new boys Swansea City’s determination to get the nation back to work, by needlessly hiring extra staff.
The club’s final business of the day was to sign yet another first team squad goalkeeper. German Gerhard Tremmel, 32, becomes the latest goalkeeper to sign for the Swans who admitted even they’d lost count of how many keepers they’ve signed during the summer transfer window.
The club also re-hired former employee Fede Bessone despite him being useless and unable to get a game at Leeds, who he’d previously jilted the Swans to sign for.