Date: 31st May 2017 at 5:11pm
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Cardiff City yesterday afternoon announced the capture of Nathaniel Mendez-Laing and Neil Etheridge.

Mendez-Laing is a winger and joins as a free agent following the expiry of his contract at Rochdale, whereas goalkeeper Etheridge joins on the same basis from Walsall.

Speaking to the Official Site to announce their captures, manager Neil Warnock said of the duo beginning with Mendez-Laing.

‘I`ve watched him this season in particular and you get hunches about players, as a manager. I just feel that he can contribute a lot to us next season. I think he`ll be a very good squad player and it`s up to him to get into the first-team and make the position his own. He`s only a young lad still, but he`s got explosive pace and a lot to prove and I think it`s the right place for him. I think the fans will enjoy watching him.’

The 25 year old is a former Wolves trainee who has taken time in with Peterborough, Sheffield United, Portsmouth, Shrewsbury, Cambridge and most recently Watford. He comes in with over 200 games to his name with a return of 33 goals.

As for Etheridge, he has over 50 appearances for the Philippines and having come through Chelsea’s ranks, counts Fulham, Bristol Rovers, Oldham Athletic and Charlton Athletic as former clubs prior to his arrival at Walsall.

He has over 100 games to his name, mostly from his spell at Walsall.

‘We haven`t had a big goalkeeper, and this lad is 6’2. He`s always come out on top when we`re talking about goalkeepers and we`re delighted that he`s agreed to sign from 1st July. He`s looking forward to the challenge ahead and trying to establish himself as the number one ‘keeper. He`s at a very good age and will be a very good addition to the squad.’

He went on to say.

‘We’ve been working hard since the season ended and we’re hoping to continue with further exciting announcements in the coming months.’

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