Abion loan star unsure about future

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ALL good things come to an end but the conclusion to Craig Conway’s loan spell with Albion is unfortunate timing for the Scotland international winger.

He has run into peak form just as he is about to return to Cardiff for an enforced break from action lasting more than a fortnight.

Conway makes his farewell appearance for the Seagulls at Middlesbrough on Saturday, farewell for now at least.

He was signed on the maximum 93-day loan in mid-September, so on his return to Wales has to wait until the transfer window opens on January 1 for his future to be resolved.

His future is unlikely to be with Cardiff. Conway said: “This is my last year. I’ve got just over six months left so I will be looking to get something sorted. We will obviously speak about that.

“The two clubs (Albion and Cardiff) have been in contact about games, just letting me know my progress. I’ve just had a couple of texts here and there with the coaches and players. That’s really as far as it has gone.

“I’ve had no conversation about what is going to happen in January.”

Conway has dropped down the pecking order at Cardiff since scoring the goal at Burnley which clinched the Championship title for them in April.

He was excluded from Malky Mackay’s Premier League squad, which paved the way for his temporary switch to the South Coast.

Former Albion winger Craig Noone had to wait until the recent home draw with Manchester United for his top- flight debut for Cardiff as a substitute. It seems unlikely, despite his increasing influence on Albion’s fortunes, that Conway will suddenly jump back into Mackay’s plans.

There will be no hard feelings. Conway is philosophical about failing to make the Premier League cut. “That’s history now,” he said. “I don’t really think about that any more. We had a great season last season. I’ve got a lot of great memories.

“The conversations I had with the manager and stuff that’s really finished. I am enjoying playing here and I’ve got no hard feelings at all about what happened. That’s just football.

“It was inevitable some players were going to have to move on. They were going to spend money and bring new players in and you can’t play everybody. It was just unfortunate I was one of them.

“Of course, I would have loved the chance. Any player wants to play the top level but I had a great time there and obviously I am still a Cardiff player.”

At least he is until the New Year but Albion appear to be in pole position to re-engage him if they so wish.

Conway was signed, in the first instance, primarily to cover for the absence of the injured Andrea Orlandi. Subsequent knee surgery for Kazenga LuaLua accentuated the value of his capture.

He has got better and better in the 12 games he has played, culminating in his first goal against Leicester at The Amex on Saturday and the cross which led to the clinching penalty from Ashley Barnes. Conway said: “I’ve enjoyed it. Getting back to playing games is what I wanted to come here and do. “It took me two or three weeks to find my feet but I’ve been feeling good and doing well.”

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3:28pm Wed 11 Dec 13

VegasSeagull says...

If we plan to extend his loan period as soon as we can, and possibly then sign him, I can't see why he cant just stay in training with us until the window opens.
If we plan to extend his loan period as soon as we can, and possibly then sign him, I can't see why he cant just stay in training with us until the window opens. VegasSeagull

3:54pm Wed 11 Dec 13

Alfie T says...

I think we should sign him in January, his improvement game by game was obvious for all to see. Get him settled in tha area with his family on a two year contract, I think it would be money well spent.
I think we should sign him in January, his improvement game by game was obvious for all to see. Get him settled in tha area with his family on a two year contract, I think it would be money well spent. Alfie T

3:59pm Wed 11 Dec 13

Hovite says...

Brilliant goal last Saturday, great attitude and I hope he comes back.
Brilliant goal last Saturday, great attitude and I hope he comes back. Hovite

4:11pm Wed 11 Dec 13

seagullsays says...

I would have said I wasn't too bothered about Conway staying a few weeks ago, but he's really got going lately. Whilst we have WB and KLL who are both perhaps more exciting, they are both susceptible to regular injuries it seems, so maybe we should try and get Conway on board. Would we then need to get rid of one the other wide men though, and if so, who? No idea!
I would have said I wasn't too bothered about Conway staying a few weeks ago, but he's really got going lately. Whilst we have WB and KLL who are both perhaps more exciting, they are both susceptible to regular injuries it seems, so maybe we should try and get Conway on board. Would we then need to get rid of one the other wide men though, and if so, who? No idea! seagullsays

4:26pm Wed 11 Dec 13

Clean Sheet says...

Yep, good back-up for KLL/WB in particular. Worth at least another loan period to season end, and then see which league we are in for next season.
Yep, good back-up for KLL/WB in particular. Worth at least another loan period to season end, and then see which league we are in for next season. Clean Sheet

4:42pm Wed 11 Dec 13

ballantrrae says...

Hovite wrote:
Brilliant goal last Saturday, great attitude and I hope he comes back.
Seconded !
Conway not only provides a different option to our two speedsters KLL and WB but also provides an alternative to Orlandi whose injury problems continue - my recollection was that he was recruited as cover for Orlandi when he joined. Furthermore I think Ulloa might enjoy getting on the end of Conway's crosses once he is fit and assuming Conway returns in January.
[quote][p][bold]Hovite[/bold] wrote: Brilliant goal last Saturday, great attitude and I hope he comes back.[/p][/quote]Seconded ! Conway not only provides a different option to our two speedsters KLL and WB but also provides an alternative to Orlandi whose injury problems continue - my recollection was that he was recruited as cover for Orlandi when he joined. Furthermore I think Ulloa might enjoy getting on the end of Conway's crosses once he is fit and assuming Conway returns in January. ballantrrae

5:30pm Wed 11 Dec 13

Thewithdeanyears says...

Alfie T wrote:
I think we should sign him in January, his improvement game by game was obvious for all to see. Get him settled in tha area with his family on a two year contract, I think it would be money well spent.
Bloom and spending money on players do not go together in the same sentence, and if we do spend it needs to be of better players than Conway.
[quote][p][bold]Alfie T[/bold] wrote: I think we should sign him in January, his improvement game by game was obvious for all to see. Get him settled in tha area with his family on a two year contract, I think it would be money well spent.[/p][/quote]Bloom and spending money on players do not go together in the same sentence, and if we do spend it needs to be of better players than Conway. Thewithdeanyears

5:54pm Wed 11 Dec 13

Gee Jay says...

Some on here seem very keen on spending other people's money, and critical if they don't.
You're not Ed Balls are you?
Some on here seem very keen on spending other people's money, and critical if they don't. You're not Ed Balls are you? Gee Jay

6:06pm Wed 11 Dec 13

Boloney-marshal says...

Who cares?
Who cares? Boloney-marshal

8:52pm Wed 11 Dec 13

AlanDuffy says...

TB said the only business likely in January would be to keep Lita, but as he doesn't seem to figure in the manager's plans, and bearing in mind that we may have Leo back, maybe Conway would be a better alternative - he's certainly improved with every game I've seen.
TB said the only business likely in January would be to keep Lita, but as he doesn't seem to figure in the manager's plans, and bearing in mind that we may have Leo back, maybe Conway would be a better alternative - he's certainly improved with every game I've seen. AlanDuffy

9:21pm Wed 11 Dec 13

Gazza by the sea says...

If we have money to spend is another wide player really the best use of limited resources? Surely the biggest deficiency in the squad is a truly creative midfield player who can unlock defences with a killer pass. Or is that a fit Agustien (which we have yet to see).......
If we have money to spend is another wide player really the best use of limited resources? Surely the biggest deficiency in the squad is a truly creative midfield player who can unlock defences with a killer pass. Or is that a fit Agustien (which we have yet to see)....... Gazza by the sea

10:01pm Wed 11 Dec 13

Joel'sGrandad says...

I don 't know what is going to happen but it does seem a shame to lose him for two weeks when he is in such good form. It's inevitable but the timing is against us.
We can extend his loan in January but Is this for a 93 days again or to the end of the season. The best deal would surely be to sign him permanently in January for a reduced fee since he only has 6 months left on his Cardiff contract. Waiting to the end of the season and signing him on a free probably wouldn't be that cheap either with a signing on fee.
I expect and hope it's a done deal anyway but I also expect it will take a good week to get clearance from the Welsh FA and we won 't be able to play him until Birmingham at home in the New Year.Sorry but my normal half full glass is half empty on this one. UTA
I don 't know what is going to happen but it does seem a shame to lose him for two weeks when he is in such good form. It's inevitable but the timing is against us. We can extend his loan in January but Is this for a 93 days again or to the end of the season. The best deal would surely be to sign him permanently in January for a reduced fee since he only has 6 months left on his Cardiff contract. Waiting to the end of the season and signing him on a free probably wouldn't be that cheap either with a signing on fee. I expect and hope it's a done deal anyway but I also expect it will take a good week to get clearance from the Welsh FA and we won 't be able to play him until Birmingham at home in the New Year.Sorry but my normal half full glass is half empty on this one. UTA Joel'sGrandad

10:23pm Wed 11 Dec 13

OldGull says...

Thewithdeanyears wrote:
Alfie T wrote:
I think we should sign him in January, his improvement game by game was obvious for all to see. Get him settled in tha area with his family on a two year contract, I think it would be money well spent.
Bloom and spending money on players do not go together in the same sentence, and if we do spend it needs to be of better players than Conway.
yes dear
[quote][p][bold]Thewithdeanyears[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Alfie T[/bold] wrote: I think we should sign him in January, his improvement game by game was obvious for all to see. Get him settled in tha area with his family on a two year contract, I think it would be money well spent.[/p][/quote]Bloom and spending money on players do not go together in the same sentence, and if we do spend it needs to be of better players than Conway.[/p][/quote]yes dear OldGull

10:04am Thu 12 Dec 13

wiltshire seagull says...

ballantrrae wrote:
Hovite wrote:
Brilliant goal last Saturday, great attitude and I hope he comes back.
Seconded !
Conway not only provides a different option to our two speedsters KLL and WB but also provides an alternative to Orlandi whose injury problems continue - my recollection was that he was recruited as cover for Orlandi when he joined. Furthermore I think Ulloa might enjoy getting on the end of Conway's crosses once he is fit and assuming Conway returns in January.
Agreed! He has provided a multitude of high quality crosses since joining us and I would like to see him playing for us next year...
UTA..............
[quote][p][bold]ballantrrae[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hovite[/bold] wrote: Brilliant goal last Saturday, great attitude and I hope he comes back.[/p][/quote]Seconded ! Conway not only provides a different option to our two speedsters KLL and WB but also provides an alternative to Orlandi whose injury problems continue - my recollection was that he was recruited as cover for Orlandi when he joined. Furthermore I think Ulloa might enjoy getting on the end of Conway's crosses once he is fit and assuming Conway returns in January.[/p][/quote]Agreed! He has provided a multitude of high quality crosses since joining us and I would like to see him playing for us next year... UTA.............. wiltshire seagull

4:42pm Thu 12 Dec 13

VegasSeagull says...

Joel'sGrandad wrote:
I don 't know what is going to happen but it does seem a shame to lose him for two weeks when he is in such good form. It's inevitable but the timing is against us.
We can extend his loan in January but Is this for a 93 days again or to the end of the season. The best deal would surely be to sign him permanently in January for a reduced fee since he only has 6 months left on his Cardiff contract. Waiting to the end of the season and signing him on a free probably wouldn't be that cheap either with a signing on fee.
I expect and hope it's a done deal anyway but I also expect it will take a good week to get clearance from the Welsh FA and we won 't be able to play him until Birmingham at home in the New Year.Sorry but my normal half full glass is half empty on this one. UTA
Yes the Welsh FA are slow but if we do a second loan deal they are not a problem, and we then sign him at the end of the season when it won't matter how long the Welsh FA take.
[quote][p][bold]Joel'sGrandad[/bold] wrote: I don 't know what is going to happen but it does seem a shame to lose him for two weeks when he is in such good form. It's inevitable but the timing is against us. We can extend his loan in January but Is this for a 93 days again or to the end of the season. The best deal would surely be to sign him permanently in January for a reduced fee since he only has 6 months left on his Cardiff contract. Waiting to the end of the season and signing him on a free probably wouldn't be that cheap either with a signing on fee. I expect and hope it's a done deal anyway but I also expect it will take a good week to get clearance from the Welsh FA and we won 't be able to play him until Birmingham at home in the New Year.Sorry but my normal half full glass is half empty on this one. UTA[/p][/quote]Yes the Welsh FA are slow but if we do a second loan deal they are not a problem, and we then sign him at the end of the season when it won't matter how long the Welsh FA take. VegasSeagull

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