Jerome was brought to the Welsh capital from Middlesbroughâ€™s youth academy and went on to make 77 appearances and score 27 goals for the Bluebirds before completing a ÂŁ3m move to Birmingham in May 2006.
â€śEvery player has aspirations of playing at the highest level and Cardiff at that time was a mid-table Championship side, they were struggling financially too,â€ť said Jerome to WalesOnline.
â€śClubs were offering money for me. I got told by (then Cardiff owner) Sam Hammam that I had to go to save the club. The ÂŁ3m they got for me kept the club afloat. A lot of people probably donâ€™t know that. I didnâ€™t really have a choice about going.
â€śI was on holiday and I got a call and I was told I was leaving Cardiff. Thatâ€™s football though, thatâ€™s just the way it goes and obviously Iâ€™ve not looked back since.
â€śBut Iâ€™ve always held Cardiff close to me in my heart. They were the only club back then that was willing to give me a chance.â€ť