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Last updated : 21 January 2012 By Michael Morris

Cardiff have offered Malaysian under-23 coach Ong Kim Swee the chance to spend time at the club to work with the backroom staff.

“Kim Swee is keen to learn about our pre-season preparations and we are prepared to offer him a short stint with us,” said Malky Mackay.

 “He will be a part of the Cardiff City coaching staff during our pre-season training.

“The coaching education will be good for him and Malaysian football.

“We are also aware that he has a tight schedule this year. We hope our pre-season and his schedule will enable him to join us.”

Cardiff City have a good track record in producing quality players. The Welsh club’s academy has churned out some big names including Arsenal’s highly-rated midfielder Aaron Ramsey.

Kim Swee, who returned from Phnom Penh on Sunday after Malaysia's 1-0 win over the Cambodian national team on Saturday, said he is delighted with the Cardiff offer.

 “It will be a great learning opportunity as most of the important things are done by the clubs in pre-season,” said Kim Swee.

 “The problem is the Harimau Muda A team have a tight schedule this year.

 “I hope Cardiff’s pre-season won’t clash with our preparations.”