'If Sam wants me to stay he can ring me'. Andy Legg.

Last updated : 04 July 2003 By Michael Morris

I would have got more money at Barry Town.

ANDY LEGG last night threw down the gauntlet to Cardiff City owner Sam Hammam saying, "If you want me to stay at the club then make me a proper offer."

The veteran midfielder announced he was quitting the Bluebirds after the First Division club wanted him to accept a whopping 70 per pay cut.

Hammam claims he does not want crowd favourite Legg - 37 later this month - to walk away from Ninian Park saying Legg going would be like "Pele leaving Santos".

The Lebanese businessman described Legg as "a leader of men" and added, "We love him, he loves us and I need to speak to him. I hope he does not go."

But The Western Mail can reveal that Legg spent 30 minutes on the phone to Hammam on Wednesday afternoon when the out-of-contract player was at Ninian Park to discuss a new one-year deal with Bluebirds boss Lennie Lawrence.
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Swansea swoop for Legg.

SWANSEA CITY last night jumped in to join the queue for ex-Cardiff City midfielder Andy Legg, writes Mario Risoli.

The 36-year-old is a free agent after quitting the Bluebirds earlier this week when the First Division club asked him to take a massive 70 per cent pay cut.

Briton Ferry-born Legg could have the chance to end his playing career at the club where it began 15 years ago.

Second Division clubs Peterborough, Colchester and Luton are all interested in the player as are Third Division outfits Huddersfield and Cheltenham, as well as Conference club Shrewsbury.

Now they have been joined by the Swans, who yesterday contacted the evergreen midfielder and said they wanted to meet him for talks.
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What the Western Mail says

ANDY LEGG deserved better than this.

He has been a loyal servant to Cardiff City, an idol to the fans, given everything to the club in every match he has played.

So what is his reward? To be told he has to take a 70 per cent pay cut.

It leaves one of the most popular Bluebirds in recent years departing the Ninian Park club feeling hugely let down.

I could see the confusion on Legg's face and hear the hurt in his voice as I sat with him in his Bridgend home yesterday when the frustrations over the way his new one-year deal has been handled came pouring out.
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