Former Toon Striker Hails Welsh Rise!
Wales' all-time leading scorer Ian Rush never dreamt that one day his country would have two teams dining at English football's top table.
Ian Rush: "It is a fantastic time for Welsh football.
"I never anticipated a day when we would have two Welsh sides in the top league and from a club perspective it has been one of the best years ever.
"I know what people are saying about Cardiff going straight back down. It was the same with Swansea.
"But that didn't happen and now they are in Europe, which is terrific.
"Cardiff will be realistic. They will see their main job as staying in the Premier League and they will need to bolster their squad a little bit.
"It is already pretty good, but you need the strength in depth to be able to cover the two or three injuries you are bound to get and which could make a huge amount of difference to results.
"I am sure (manager) Malky McKay knows that and hopefully it comes off for them because they deserve this achievement.
"They have always been the nearly-men, and I couldn't be more delighted.
"We have to use this situation as a platform.
"The standard Swansea and Cardiff are playing at now is very high. It gives Welsh kids a believable target to aim for.
"If we can get Welsh youngsters into those first-team squads the experience they would get from playing in the Premier League, or even being exposed to the environment, would be invaluable."
Source: Newcastle United Mad
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