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These are you Cardiff City headlines on Sunday, May 8.

Players sign off

Cardiff City loan players Uche Ikpeazu, Jordan Hugill and Tommy Doyle have signed off their stints with the Bluebirds will farewell messages to supporters.

All three January signings, along with Cody Drameh and Alfie Doughty, played their part in getting the south Wales side up the table and away from trouble. Doyle in particular made a marked impact at Cardiff Stadium and he thanked fans for the welcome they have him.

Doyle said: “My time @CardiffCityFC has come to an end! Thank you to all the staff, players and the fans for the continued sustain they have shown me and the team! I wish everybody at the club all the best for the future! Thank you.”

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Writing on Instagram Ikpeazu wrote: “I just want to say a big thank you to @cardiffcityfc I’m happy I had the opportunity to come and represent such a great club and city! The sustain from you fans has been amazing and I’m glad you appreciate my contribution within the team. Nobody knows what the future holds but I wish the club the very best for the future. Thanks again. #OleOleOleOle…”

Hugill wrote on Twitter: “Thank you to everyone for the better half of this season, You all gave me a chance and I appreciate everything! From the fans to all the staff behind the scenes and to the players.. Thank you!”

Their futures will be decided over the coming months, with Doyle likely set for another loan move somewhere higher up the Championship on in the top flight, while Hugill and Ikpeazu head back to Norwich City and Middlesbrough respectively.

Meanwhile, Morison explained post-match that Will Vaulks and Doyle were both omitted after taking knocks in training during the week.

Bale chant sweeps Pride Park

Cardiff rounded off the season with a 1-0 win over already-relegated Derby County at Pride Park.

The 1,700 away fans were in fine voice and were rewarded with three points courtesy of Hugill’s second-half strike.

That prompted a complete chorus of “Viva Gareth Bale” in the away end as fans made sure the last game of the season was a good away trip to end on. Morison was quizzed on links with the Wales skipper at his pre-Rams press conference on Friday, explaining that the 32-year-old would have to make the first move for any deal to materialise.

“It’s an absolute no-brainer,” he said. “It would be great. It would be a great raise for everybody. But if it did happen, he would have to come and be part of the change. He would have to come and fit in and buy into it.

“I’m sure if anything like that was going to happen then me and him would have a chat because there would be a lot to talk about. One of them would be making sure [the press] don’t find out about it!”

King loved the 10 role

Cardiff youngster Eli King said he can’t wait for next season after another impressive showing for the Bluebirds.

King laid off the ball for Hugill’s winner in the east Midlands and he says moving into the No.10 role was one he relished against the Rams.

“Every single minute I play is valuable to me,” he said. “I’ve learnt so many different things in all the games I’ve played, from the Liverpool game to this one, to last week. In the second half I was put in the 10 position on my own, and given already more licence to make runs forward. It’s definitely something that I need to add to my game. I think I’ve got it in me, I just need to unlock it now and then.

“I’m definitely excited to get a rest, and then looking forward to next season. It’s going to be a newer team, with different players, but I’m pretty sure we can give it a right go.”

Dibble to depart

Goalkeeping coach Andy Dibble is set to leave Cardiff City, WalesOnline understands.

Dibble, who began his playing career with the Bluebirds, took up the role in 2017, but has now been told that his sets will no longer be required. The 57-year-old wasn’t in the dugout for Saturday’s win over Derby County on the final day of the Championship season, and Steve Morison declined to comment on the matter when quizzed after the game.

Dibble leaves having overseen the progress of several Cardiff number ones, including Neil Etheridge, Alex Smithies and Dillon Phillips. However, while declining to make an official comment, it seems City have decided to go in a different direction.

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