Shaun Goater has been in Cardiff for talks

Last updated : 09 July 2003 By Michael Morris
Feed the goat
It's been revealed that Shaun Goater was in talks with Cardiff on Monday regarding a possible move to Ninian Park. This news heightens the anticipation in the build up to the press conference at Ninian Park at 1pm today.

Goater has been released by Man City where he scored 85 league goals in 167 league starts. In the 2001/2002 Man City promotion season from Division 1 he scored 32 goals.

Goater was prolific at his previous clubs. 43 in 69 or Bristol City and 70 in 169 for Rotherham (all league goals / league starts).

Cardiff are in a race for his signature with Sunderland, but they have to sell before they can buy. Cardiff can buy immediately. Black Cats boss Mick McCarthy told the Sunderland website

“I have met Shaun and he’s a great lad. We’ll need someone like Shaun, someone who will get us plenty of goals in the first division.

“At the moment I’ve got Kev Phillips, Tore Andrew Flow, Lilian Laslandes, Kevin Kyle, Marcus Stewart and Michael Proctor. There will be no one knew coming in while I’ve still got all of them.

“If they are all still here come the start of the season then we have to get goals out of them. But if the wheels were put in motion and we end up with the chance to bring someone in, then someone like Shaun – a player with pace, a proven goalscorer at this level and an enthusiastic person – that’s the kind of player who would appeal to me.”

So is the player himself still keen to play. Goater told the Western Mail

"I am open-minded about where I go, but the First Division would be ideal because I still want to feel the pressure of having to perform and the pressure of fairly big crowds expecting me to perform.

"Players like a certain amount of pressure. I thrive on it. I will not be looking for a comfortable ride. I like challenges and meeting them."

Goater will certainly bring experience and goals to Cardiff City. At 33 he's probably got one last chance to prove himself.