Cardiff City winger Craig Noone has admitted that he is “frustrated” that his chance to feature in the Premier League has not yet come.
The 25-year-old was instrumental in the Welsh club’s promotion-winning campaign last season, scoring seven goals in 32 appearances after joining from Brighton.
He has watched on from the bench in three of the side’s opening five league fixtures, including a shock 3-2 victory over 2011-12 champions Manchester City at the end of August.
But he was given the opportunity to impress in the League Cup, which he took with a fine goal in a 3-2 loss to West Ham on Tuesday, and he will continue to work hard for his Premier League chance.
“It’s a bit frustrating that I haven’t played Premier League football yet, but it’s also acceptable when you consider the rise I have made from non-league to where I am playing today,” he told WalesOnline.
“I waited five years, maybe more, to be a Football League professional and I think I can wait a little more for my chance with Cardiff at the top level.
“I’ve always wanted to be a Premier League footballer.
“It’s close, but there is more work to be done.
“I scored a good goal at West Ham, but it’s not about that.
“Now I have to keep working in training and make sure I am ready when my chance comes.”
The Welsh side will hope to clinch just their second win of the Premier League campaign when they come up against Fulham on Saturday.