Anthony Pilkington has no regrets about leaving Norwich City for Cardiff

Anthony Pilkington of Norwich appeals to Referee Neil Swarbrick during a Barclays Premier League ma

Anthony Pilkington of Norwich appeals to Referee Neil Swarbrick during a Barclays Premier League match against Chelsea at Carrow Road, Norwich. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich City old boy Anthony Pilkington has no regrets his Canaries' career turned sour before sealing a move to Championship rivals Cardiff City.

Pilkington was down the pecking order under Neil Adams but the Republic of Ireland international is poised for a swift reunion after the international break when the Canaries head to Wales.

'The 26-year-old admitted a clean break was in the interests of both parties after an injury-hit spell limited his first-team involvement last season at Carrow Road.

'I think the time had come for me to go really. It wasn't time for me to stay there any more,' he said. 'I have got a fresh start now at Cardiff City so hopefully I can take that chance and show everyone what I can do.

'I don't have any regrets. I don't like to look back. I would rather look to the future and Cardiff City. I had one or two injuries at Norwich that held me back, particularly over the Christmas period, but hopefully I can stay fit.

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'There is a bright future here. The manager has brought in some good talent and we need to get that on the pitch.

It is good to get back playing competitive football, although there are loads of strikers and midfielders here so the competition is strong, but you need that if you are a club who want to be challenging to get back into the Premier League.'

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Pilkington is ready for a battle with Bluebirds' wide player Craig Noone to earn a starting spot in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's plans.

'I have played in the same leagues as him so I know what a good player he is but we will need every player,' Pilkington told Cardiff's official website. 'I can play on either side or down the middle. That doesn't bother me.

'The only thing that would bother me is if I'm not playing, and I would be the same as every player in saying that. This is a big season and we will need every single player to be ready.

'There will be lots of ups and downs; we have to make sure the ups outweigh the downs. The Championship is probably the hardest league.

'You look at Norwich and they have brought in a few players, they lost one or two as well, and they realise the same as Cardiff it is a long, hard season.'

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