Campbell: 'Cardiff's a fantastic place'

Last updated : 03 November 2006 By Michael Morris
Cardiff City striker Kevin Campbell
Campbell says he has no plans to retire anytime soon
Veteran striker Kevin Campbell says his first three months at Cardiff has rekindled his enthusiasm for football.

"I haven't played many games, but that's because the team's been doing so well," said 36-year-old Campbell.

"But I've thoroughly enjoyed training because we've got a great set of lads. Cardiff's a fantastic place and it's given me a shot in the arm.

"I'm 37 soon and people might look for me to retire but this has given me an added bonus and I want to play on."

Campbell joined Cardiff on a free transfer from West Brom in August when the Baggies withdrew their offer of a new contract.

Whatever the manager chooses to do is fine by me because it's all about winning

Cardiff's Kevin Campbell

The former Arsenal striker has been restricted to just 10 substitute appearances so far as Michael Chopra and Steve Thompson have led the Cardiff line with aplomb.

But the door has now opened for Campbell to make his first start in Saturday's Championship match at Colchester in place of Thompson, who has been forced to have surgery on an Achilles injury.

"It is a chance, obviously if selected," said Campbell. "I want to play, I want to show what I can do and I need a little run of games.

"But I still feel part of it. I don't feel like I'm on the outside looking in. I feel I'm an important part of the squad and if I get my chance I know what the management want from me.

"I'll be able to use my experience and that's what I bring to the table. The team's playing with so much confidence, so it's pretty easy for me to integrate into that.

"But whatever the manager chooses to do is fine by me because it's all about winning.

"We don't want to lose the winning mentality we've got at the moment. We want to keep the belief and the confidence going."

Report from the BBC