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McPhail's Cardiff departure confirmed

McPhail's Cardiff departure confirmed

Steven Gerrard of Liverpool is tackled by Stephen McPhail of Cardiff City during the Carling Cup fourth round match between Liverpool and Cardiff City at Anfield on October 31, 2007, Getty

The Republic of Ireland midfielder has vowed to find a new club as he prepares to leave the Cardiff City Stadium when his contract expires at the end of June

Cardiff City have confirmed that midfielder Stephen McPhail will leave the newly-promoted club in the summer when his contract expires after six successful years in South-Wales.

The Republic of Ireland international failed to play a single Championship game this term with his only first-team appearances coming in cup defeats at Northampton and Macclesfield as he battled with illness.

He was diagnosed with a form of lymphoma in November 2009 and then Sjogren's Syndrome shortly after. However, the experienced midfielder insists his playing days aren’t over just yet and is keen to find a new club for next season.

“I have loved playing for Cardiff and enjoyed being even a small part of the club’s title triumph this season,” McPhail told walesonline.co.uk

“It’s time to move on now because I want to play on for a couple of seasons at least.

“I am fit and ready and, for the first time in six or eight months, I am back to where I was three years ago.

“I don’t where I will play yet but getting back to first-team football is important to me.” He added.

The 33-year-old began his career at Leeds United before spells with Millwall, Nottingham Forest and Barnsley before moving to Cardiff in 2006 where he made 220 senior appearances. The cultured midfielder helped the Welsh club to the 2008 FA Cup Final, 2010 Play-off final and more recently the 2012 Carling Cup final.

It was during his time at Elland Road when he made his Republic of Ireland debut under Mick McCarthy and went onto play ten times for the Boys in Green. However, he hasn’t pulled on a green jersey since 2004 despite being re-called by Giovanni Trapattoni for friendlies against Serbia and Columbia in 2008.

The English-born midfielder revealed he’s currently taking his coaching badges and starting on his A licence but reiterated his desire to add to his 430 first team appearances.

“Maybe I’ll move into coaching in the future, but right now I want to focus on playing for a couple of years.”

McPhail will officially leave the club at the end of June when his contract expires.

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