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Peter Whittingham pens new Cardiff City deal

Peter Whittingham played a key role in Cardiff's play-off push last season
Peter Whittingham played a key role in Cardiff's play-off push last season

Cardiff City winger Peter Whittingham has signed a two-year contract extension keeping him with the Bluebirds until summer of 2013.

Whittingham, 26, was the Championship's top-scorer last season and has courted interest from Championship rivals Nottingham Forest.

Defender Darcy Blake has also agreed a new deal.

Talks are being held with with Jay Bothroyd, Adam Matthews, Stephen McPhail, Gavin Rae and Chris Burke.

Blake, striker Bothroyd and full-back Matthews are out of contract at the Championship club at the end of this season.

Cardiff lost Wales international midfielder Joe Ledley on a free transfer in the summer after his deal at the Welsh club expired.

Scottish full-back Kevin McNaughton, whose contract was due to expire next summer, has already agreed a new three-year deal at the Cardiff City Stadium.

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"We're in negotiations with everyone else - and with some of them, we have been in talks for many weeks," said Cardiff boss Dave Jones.

"My priority was to get players in then chip away at the others."

Jones was hindered by a transfer embargo imposed on the Championship club for the best part of the summer because of a delay in paying debts, including £1.3m owed to HM Revenue and Customs.

But once that sanction was lifted, last season's defeated Championship play-off finalists signed Craig Bellamy, Jason Koumas, Seyi Olofinjana and Andy Keogh on season-long loan deals.

Now Jones is concentrating on securing the Cardiff players he wants to keep.

The experienced manager is taking a more hands-on role in contract negotiations with new chief executive Gethin Jenkins after the departure of former chairman and chief executive Peter Ridsdale left in the summer.

"It hasn't been easy since the change as I have been more involved in negotiations with Gethin," said Jones.



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Cardiff 2-1 Millwall
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Bellamy 'overdid' City pre-season
24 Sep 10 |  Cardiff
Cardiff's Jarvis in Southend loan
24 Sep 10 |  Southend
Wolves' Keogh loaned to Cardiff
25 Aug 10 |  Cardiff
Forest want Whittingham & Pratley
07 Aug 10 |  Nottm Forest
Cardiff bid for double deal boost
31 Jul 10 |  Cardiff
Bellamy moves to Cardiff on loan
17 Aug 10 |  Cardiff
Cardiff confirm Koumas loan move
07 Aug 10 |  Cardiff
Cardiff transfer embargo lifted
06 Aug 10 |  Cardiff
Cardiff reject Whittingham offer
25 Jun 10 |  Cardiff
Whittingham secures Cardiff move
11 Jan 07 |  Cardiff
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