‘No better place’ – Alfie Doughty’s first words after Stoke City loan to Cardiff

Alfie Doughty says he wants to “make a name for himself” after completing his loan spell from Stoke City to Cardiff City for the rest of the season.

The 22-year-old joined Stoke City from Charlton 12 months ago while recovering from a hamstring injury and has made just 11 appearances this season, all of which have come off the bench.

Josh Tymon is the first choice on the left while Michael O’Neill has hinted that Doughty may currently be better suited to a role on the wing.

This has opened the door for the Bluebirds to secure the player’s services on a short-term loan and the defender is eager to make his home debut this Sunday against Nottingham Forest.

“I can’t wait to get started,” Doughty told Cardiff’s official site after sealing his loan.

“I haven’t played as many games as I would have liked this season and this is an opportunity to make a name for myself.

“There’s no better place to start – on Sky Sports against Forest, at home. That’s how I wanted it to be because I want to show the fans what I’m capable of.”

Explaining what type of player Cardiff can expect, he said: “I’m someone who runs behind, I’m quick and I get people moving, so hopefully they like me.

Doughty is well aware that he won’t be able to rub shoulders with Cardiff in the midst of a relegation battle, sitting just two points above the drop zone in the Championship table.

“I was in the same situation at Charlton a few years ago, every game is huge and I think that’s why I’m going to enjoy it so much. Every game you need to win or get points on the board. I’m just ready to do it.

“(Cardiff manager Steve Morison) just said to have fun and he knows what I can do, so as long as I can play for him and do what I can do on the pitch, I think we don’t. ‘ll have no problem.”

Potters boss Michael O’Neill hopes the temporary transfer will make the youngster a better player when he returns next season.

“It’s for development. I think his playing time here has been limited. He’s a young player. He doesn’t have a lot of experience in the league,” O’Neill told the conference. Friday’s post-match press briefing.

“Hopefully he has a good second half of the season, and we can expect to have a better version of him next season.”

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