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Last Updated: Thursday, 6 April 2006, 15:54 GMT 16:54 UK
Cox eyeing new Cardiff contract
Cardiff City defender Neil Cox
Cox believes Cardiff can win promotion next season
Cardiff defender Neil Cox hopes he has done enough to earn a new contract at Ninian Park despite failing to cement a starting place in his first season.

"I'd love to stay at the club. I've enjoyed my year," Cox, who joined on a free transfer, told BBC Wales Sport.

"I would have liked to have played more games, but to be fair the two centre backs have played very well.

"You need competition for places, and when I came in I think I showed the manager what I can do."

Cox says he is one of a number of Bluebirds unsure of their future prospects at the club.

It's going to be very difficult to get promoted this year, but I don't see why we can't get promoted next season
Neil Cox

The 34-year-old says the uncertainty - and Cardiff's continued involvement in the Championship play-off race - will help focus the players' minds in the final games.

"There are a few playing for a contract, either here or somewhere else," Cox added.

"Our manager is not just looking at what we can do, but he's also looking at players at other clubs as well.

"We don't know if we're going to be here next season so it's up to us to produce."

Cardiff have exceeded expectations this season by challenging for a top six place after languishing near the relegation places last year.

And with a new stadium moving ever closer, Cox believes Cardiff is certainly an exciting place to be.

"The club has progressed since I've been here," said the former Watford man. "From day one we were told the club is going forward and it has.

"We just need to produce on the pitch and that will help the club go forward.

"It's going to be very difficult to get promoted this year, but with the players we've got and those hopefully the manager can get in, I don't see why we can't get promoted next season."


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