Heaton agrees Cardiff move
Man Utd keeper Tom Heaton has agreed to join Cardiff after rejecting a new contract at Old Trafford.
Last Updated: 16/06/10 12:49pm
Manchester United goalkeeper Tom Heaton has agreed to join Cardiff City after rejecting a new contract at Old Trafford.
Heaton, who made 24 appearances during a loan spell at Cardiff in the 2008/09 season, has accepted a permanent move to the Championship club and will join on 1st July.
He had failed to make a first-team appearance during his United career, but had been offered the opportunity to stay with the Premier League giants.
However, after spending loan spells at QPR, Rochdale and Wycombe last season, the 24-year-old has opted to link up with Dave Jones' side for the prospect of regular first-team football.
Cardiff boss Jones said: "I'm pleased that we have secured Tom's services from Manchester United.
"We all know about the lad from his time on loan here and know that we have signed a very talented young player.
"United had offered him a new contract, but Tom's attitude was that he wanted to play, which says a lot about him as a player and a professional. He will certainly be a welcome addition to our ranks.
"It's now a case of Tom and Dave (Marshall) working hard with our goalkeeping coach Martyn Margetson, battling to claim a starting place in the squad.
"We look forward to seeing him for pre-season training and know that we have a real prospect for years to come."