Taking a pay cut to join Ipswich Town was ‘not a big deal’ says Cardiff City midfielder Emyr Huws

Emyr Huws produced an eye-catching display on his Ipswich Town debut. Photo: Steve Waller

Emyr Huws produced an eye-catching display on his Ipswich Town debut. Photo: Steve Waller - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

Ipswich Town new boy Emyr Huws doesn’t understand why such a fuss has been made about him taking a pay cut to join Ipswich Town.

Completely out of favour at parent club Cardiff City, the 23-year-old midfielder took matters into his own hands to push through a late transfer deadline day loan switch to Portman Road as the two clubs haggled over who should contribute what percentage of his salary.

Experienced Bluesbirds boss Neil Warnock admitted such a situation was ‘unheard of for me’, while supporters took to social media to sing the praises of a modern footballer putting the love of the game ahead of financial rewards.

“The first half of the season hasn’t gone my way, I didn’t play any games, so I was keen to come here,” said the 10-cap Welsh international, who produced an eye-catching debut display in last Saturday’s 2-2 home draw with Reading.

“I’ve admired the manager (Mick McCarthy) for a while, so when I knew he was interested I was just trying to push the move through. A pay cut had to be done. It’s not that much of a big deal.

“I’ve spent a lot of time not playing so I was desperate to just play. Money was never a factor.”

Born and raised in the rugby heartland of Llanelli, Huws started out in the Swansea youth team before being snapped up by Manchester City at the age of 15 and sold to Wigan for a reported £2m fee in 2014.

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Following an injury-hit first season at the DW Stadium, he impressed on loan at Huddersfield last season and subsequently signed a three-year deal ar Cardiff. He has been limited to just one Championship start for the Bluebirds over the last six months though.

Was it a dream move for him to go back to South Wales last summer?

“Yes and no,” he said. “Home for me at the minute is more Manchester, because I grew up there, but it was nice to get back to Wales and be closer to my parents because I didn’t see them a lot when I was young.”

Asked why it hadn’t worked out for him at Cardiff, he said: “A number of factors I think. I can’t really put my finger on it. I think a couple of players are more favoured in my position, they’ve been doing okay, so it was time to move on.

“Fortunately I’m here in Ipswich now and I’m happy. Who knows what will happen in the future. It would be nice to settle down at a club. I’m enjoying myself right now.”

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