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Last Updated: Wednesday, 16 July, 2003, 09:36 GMT 10:36 UK
Vidmar joins Cardiff
Tony Vidmar
Vidmar can play at left back or centre back
Cardiff City completed the signing of former Middlesbrough defender Tony Vidmar on Wednesday.

The 33-year-old, who has won 68 caps for Australia, was a target for Cardiff manager Lennie Lawrence last summer after he had been released by Glasgow Rangers.

But Vidmar opted for a move to the Riverside, joining Boro in September 2002 and making 12 Premiership and three cup appearances for Steve McClaren's side.

Lawrence has now convinced Vidmar to move as a free agent to Ninian Park, as the Bluebirds strengthen for their return to Division One.

Vidmar said: "When I spoke to Lennie 12 months ago he was very enthusiastic and I kept my eye on Cardiff last season and was delighted when he came back for me.

"It's a tough division and there are no easy games, and it is going to be a battle but it's a good challenge as we try and get promotion."

Lawrence said: "He has got great pedigree and it's good to bring experienced professionals to the club as we are a bit short in that department.

"Everyone I've spoken to about Tony has had nothing but praise for him and the plan is that he will start at centre-back.

"But his versatility is important to us as he has also played at right-back and left-back."

Cardiff have already signed former Wales international John Robinson, while they hope to capture released Chelsea midfielder Jody Morris.


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