DONE DEAL: Cardiff City Sign Liverpool Veteran Craig Bellamy

Anfield forward makes hometown return.

Craig Bellamy returns to Cardiff City on two-year deal

Craig Bellamy has completed a free transfer move from Liverpool to Cardiff City, signing a two-year contract with his hometown team.

Bellamy, 33, returns to the club where he spent a season on loan in 2010-11.

The Cardiff-born forward, who scored 11 goals that season, will again wear the number 39 shirt.

“I am sure that Liverpool will agree that their loss is this football club’s gain,” Bluebirds chief executive Alan Whiteley said in a statement.

It is thought Bellamy has taken a considerable wage cut to return to Cardiff City.


Indeed he has, some reports state that Craig Bellamy will see his salary reduce from around £90k a week to £35k. However the Welsh international will enjoy a £1m bonus if he helps Cardiff City into the top flight.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has already shown his intention to plan for the future by offloading veterans Dirk Kuyt and Maxi Rodriguez so Bellamy may well have expected that his first team chances at Anfield would prove few and far between, making his decision to step down to the Championship an easier one.

Bellamy enjoyed a fairly successful first season back at Liverpool last term, netting nine goals in all competitions despite being only a bit part player. A move to his hometown club should help garner regular first team football and Malky Mackay will hope that the former Newcastle United and West Ham man will push his side into the top tier after an absence of 40 years.

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