Cardiff signing Brayford: I owe it all to Clough

Cardiff City signing John Brayford says he owes his Premier League move to Derby County boss Nigel Clough.

Cardiff City signing John Brayford says he owes his Premier League move to Derby County boss Nigel Clough.

It was Clough who launched 25-year-old Brayford’s career during his time in charge at Burton Albion.

He signed him for a second time, this time from Crewe, and took him to Pride Park. By then, Brayford was one of the hottest properties in the lower leagues.

Brayford said: “I’ve known Nigel for a fair few years now and wherever I’ve gone, he’s always wished me the best.

“He has nurtured me through my career. He was the one who gave me a chance at Burton and I suppose my career has flourished from there.

“He knows the way I play and has kept me level-headed.

“I just tried to impress him game by game. He has pushed me on to this.”

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