LEWES attacker Ollie Tanner has joined Championship side Cardiff City.

Tanner has joined Cardiff for an undisclosed fee and has signed a contract until the summer of 2024.

His good form for the Rooks attracted interest from Premier League and Championship clubs during the January transfer window, but it is the Bluebirds that have sealed a deal for the promising youngster.

Cardiff City contacted the Lewes back in May and invited Tanner to train with them. He impressed the club and a deal with him and the club was negotiated and agreed.

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The 20-year-old has admitted that he is excited about the move.

He said: “I’m very excited. It’s a massive club, and I can’t wait to get going. There were a lot of young boys last season who got a good chance here, and it appealed to me massively.

“The manager really sold it to me, and I thought it would be perfect. It’s good as a young player, because you’re always looking for a chance.

“I’m a fast, powerful winger. I like to score goals and get assists."

Lewes manager Tony Russell is happy for Tanner to make the next step in his career.

He said: “This time last year, Ollie got released from a step 1 club. His story is an incredible one, and I’m so happy to have played a small part in it.

“He has had to deal with a lot this season but yet nothing fazes him.

“I have no doubt he will go on to great things, I’m so proud of him. He has been a pleasure to work with, I look forward to watching the next part of his footballing life.

“He will be missed both on and off the pitch”.

Cardiff manager Steve Morison has suggested that Tanner was due to join Tottenham Hotspur, but after that move failed, he was eager to sign the attacker.

He said: “When his move fell through with Tottenham, we were all over it. We monitored him for the rest of the season, and he did really well.

“Again, he wants to be a part of it. That’s what we want; we want people who want to be here, so we’re giving him a platform to build on and it’s up to him to take the opportunity now.

“He comes in as his first experience of full-time football, but we’ll nurture him and manage him right.”