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THANKS, BUT NO THANKS, ROBBIE; City reject Fowler request for return.

Byline: Terry Phillips

ROBBIE Fowler wants to rejoin Cardiff City.

And the Bluebirds today told the former England striker: "No thanks."

Chairman Peter Ridsdale would not comment on Fowler's cheeky request for a return to Ninian Park, but a source close to the player said: "Things didn't workout for Robbie at Blackburn and it was felt Cardiff City might take him back.

"An e-mail was sent to test the feeling at Cardiff City. Unfortunately, they aren't keen."

Fowler joined Cardiff City last summer, but suffered a series of injuries and was eventually sent to America for a hip operation.

He returned to training with Cardiff City looking far freer in his movement following the surgery and agreed a one-year pay-as-you-play deal with the Bluebirds.

Then, late on the night before he was due to sign, Fowler took flight and took up the offer of a trial with Blackburn.

Cardiff City remained diplomatic and only said: "Robbie Fowler was out of contract and free to make his own decision."

Privately, though, City were far from happy that Fowler turned his back on them after they had done so much to help him.

Now the feeling at Ninian Park is that the club have moved beyond a player like Fowler with Jay Bothroyd and Ross McCormack due to lead their attack at Sheffield United today.

Eddie Johnson, on loan from Fulham, is among the substitutes.

It was Fowler's agent, George Scott, who sent an e-mail to Cardiff City enquiring whether manager Dave Jones would be interested.

The reply, apparently, was short, polite and to the point.

Fowler blew his chance at Blackburn when he refused a short-term, pay-as-you-play deal.

It was similar to that offered by Cardiff a couple of months ago, but City offered a season-long deal and Rovers were only prepared to take it up to January.

Paul Ince, the Blackburn manager, gave Fowler, 33, the chance to sign until January.

But the ex-Liverpool and England hit man wants a longer deal, particularly after rejecting the 12-month package at Cardiff to train with Blackburn.
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Aug 30, 2008
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