Lawrence bears no Morris grudge
By Steve Luckings
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The former Chelsea midfielder had agreed terms with The Bluebirds before accepting an invitation from Leeds boss Peter Reid on a move to Elland Road.
Journeyman boss Lawrence accepts it was better for the tough tackler to snub the club now, rather than telling them he had made a mistake further down the road.
"It's better he did what he did today rather than three months down the line," said Lawrence.
"I'm not going to have a go at Jody Morris. You can't blame him for going to a Premier League club.
"He decided to go and that's his decision. As far as I'm concerned, there are no hard feelings.
"At the end of the day Jody Morris proved he didn't want to join Cardiff City. It was better we had this situation today rather than in three months` time.
"After what happened with Jody, it was obvious his feelings weren't in coming to Cardiff.
"We aren't in the Second or Third Division anymore.
"We are going for players who are in the Premier League or who are being chased by First Division clubs who want to make it to the Premier League, so we are going to get a few knockbacks."
The newly-promoted side are still pursuing lanky defender-cum-striker Gary Doherty from Tottenham Hotspur, but the deal is said to have stalled because Spurs are holding out for the £1.2 million they paid Luton Town for the Irishman in April 2000.