Cardiff boss Neil Warnock says he would not stand in Kadeem Harris’ way if he wanted to leave in January. Harris was out of favour earlier in the campaign after an injury plagued season last year.
The winger has forced his way into contention of late, however, as he came off the bench and scored in the win over Fulham before making another substitute appearance in the loss to Liverpool last weekend.
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Warnock has revealed the 25-year-old did ask to leave when his chances were limited but was convinced to stay – before breaking back into the side by impressing in training.
The Cardiff boss doesn’t expect Harris to leave in the January window, but he admits if the former Wycombe Wanderers man did want to move on he would not block a transfer.
“I’m pleased because he worked really hard, Kadeem, to come back in,” Warnock told Wales Online last week. “I said to him ‘the only way you’re going to get back in my plans son, is by working hard’ – and he’s been probably the best in training in the last few weeks, now he’s got his reward so I’m delighted for him.
“And it’s easy to walk away, the most difficult thing is to do what Kadeem’s done and that’s to change my mind on what his contribution is. “Day-in, day-in he’s been the best trainer on the field and I had no hesitation in bringing him on last week, probably in front of one or two players and he deserved that.
“If he knocks on my door in January and asks to leave, I’ll probably let him go because I’m like that if someone doesn’t want to stay. “But not many lads want to leave this environment. We know we’re up against it, but boy are we giving it a good shot at survival.”