City sign Chris Burke from Rangers

Last updated : 10 January 2009 By Michael Morris

Burke has been troubled lately with injury and illness but he's played at, and scored at full internmational level for Scotland and has played Champions League football. On his day he's an exciting wide player who is looking to kick start his career at Ninian Park.

"It's a new challenge for me," said Burke. "I loved my time at Rangers but I felt as though it wasn't progressing the way I wanted, I wasn't playing as much as I would have liked.

"Like any player, I want to be playing football and back enjoying it again. The only way you can do that is by playing matches and that wasn't happening at Rangers.

"The way forward is to move on and hopefully I can do that at Cardiff. I'm not saying I'm going to walk straight into the team - I'm going to have to fight for my place - and hopefully I can do well there.

"It's always disappointing with injuries but I'm back now, I'm fit and raring to go and I'm just looking forward to a new chapter in my life."

Dave Jones explained why he's giving Burke a chance.

"We know he's not played a lot, but he's had a bad run of luck with a virus that knocked him sideways and an ankle injury," said Jones,.

"But, like a lot of players we have to bring in, you hope you give them a fresh challenge and a new start - just like we've done with 80 per cent of the team that's here. That's the market we're in.

"How did we get Wayne Routledge? He wasn't playing either. We're not a club that can just pluck players out of Premiership sides and pay millions for them and get them ready-made. We're a club that has to give opportunities to players to stake a claim - or reclaim - their position of playing consistent football at the right level. It's not just us, that's 75 per cent of the Championship.

"But look at Ross, Jay, they've been in and out before, but what they have is an ability to be good, good players for us. Now Chris has that same opportunity."

Burke will join up with his team-mates on Monday and will fight for his place in the squad for next weekend's game at Birmingham.