Hulse to reject Cardiff City

Last updated : 01 July 2003 By Michael Morris
Rob Hulse returned to pre season training with Crewe today and told boss Dario Gradi he did not want to talk to Cardiff City. The Hulse saga has moved on from the agent saying that many clubs were after him, then City being the only club to make a decent offer then to Hulse being excited at the prospect and now an apparant rejection of an offer from Cardiff City.

Crewe had agreed a fee for Hulse but it appears the player does not want to come. This latest development has brought a level headed response from Gradi who is desperate to sell the young striker.

He told the official Crewe website

"I have spoken with Rob this morning and he has told me that he doesn't want to speak to Cardiff. Personally I think it is best for him to go, and from our point of view we would like to get the money and get cracking with our other plans."

"But it's a difficult situation. I think he wants to play in the Premier League but I am not sure he'll get the move he wants at this time."

"It's a sign of the transfer market these days that we have a top striker for sale and yet we have only had one decent bid. A few years ago I feel sure we would have had several offers of £2 million, but not in the current climate."

"As things stand though I need to sell him. I am having to plan our pre-season without him as we cannot base things around Rob if he's leaving us."

"With the money we could bring in we can also look to improve the squad."