Joe Ralls

Joe Ralls says Cardiff City are confident they can ‘achieve something special’ this season

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Cardiff City midfielder Joe Ralls says he and his team-mates are confident of achieving ‘something special’ this season following a bright first half of the campaign.

The Bluebirds have worked themselves into an impressive position with the half-way point of the season fast approaching.

Warnock’s men find themselves in second place, six points clear of third and four points behind leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers, boasting a run of four successive wins.

And midfielder Joe Ralls has revealed that the confidence is flowing throughout the Cardiff City squad after such a good start to the campaign.

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“There’s a real togetherness throughout the club at the moment, it’s a special place to be, I think we’re all confident that we can achieve something special this season.

“Promotion has to be the realistic aim. Cardiff City is a club that should be in the Premier League and all the lads are working hard in order to get Cardiff back into the top flight,” added Ralls.

Ralls has been one of the key players in midfield for the Bluebirds since the arrival of Neil Warnock and he has only missed one league match this season.

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The 24-year-old has come a long way since making the move down to Cardiff from Farnborough back in 2010.

He was given his debut in 2011 by then manager Malky Mackay in a League Cup win over Oxford United, but despite getting an early taste for first-team football, he had to be patient.

The heavy changeover in managers meant Ralls found himself in and out after a loan spell with Yeovil Town in 2013/14.

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He became something of a utility man under Russell Slade, slotting in where needed, before finally getting an opportunity to impress on a regular basis in midfield.

Ralls has become something of a stalwart in the Cardiff midfield since then and having made the grade at Championship level, he’s now in a position to reflect and provide advice to younger players.

“It was hard when I first come down all those years ago, but I consider Cardiff to be my home now,” admitted Ralls.

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“My advice to any young footballer would be to get yourself out there as much as you can. Go to trial days, phone around coaches, but firstly stay dedicated and train hard as that’s what separates the best from the rest.”

Ralls was speaking in the build-up to an upcoming charity event which will see Cardiff City stars including Ralls, Gunnarsson, Pilkington and Peltier face Welsh boxing stars.

The event, featuring the likes of Nathan Cleverly and Lee Selby will see eight professional sportsmen go head-to-head in a sport a little less familiar to them, darts.

Joe Ralls (left) , Lee Peltier and Nathaniel Medez-Laing (right) with boxing trainer Darren Wilson (left centre).

Looking ahead to the event, Joe Ralls added: “I’m really looking forward to it. It’s always great to mix with the fans and I’ve always enjoyed being around the fans here in Cardiff.

“I like my boxing and do a lot of boxing training to help myself with my fitness with Cleverly’s coach Darren Wilson which really helps me keep my fitness levels up.

“As I said before I class Cardiff as home now and 2 Wish Upon a Star is a local charity that do a lot for people in the community, so it’s a pleasure to help out and help raise some funds for them and have a good laugh whilst doing it!”

The draw for the ‘2 Wish Upon a Star Trophy’

The evening is in aid of Welsh charity ‘2 Wish Upon a Star’ and it takes place on December 17th at the Cardiff Coal Exchange Hotel.

Former Wales rugby international, Andy Powell, will also be a guest speaker for the event which will be set up ‘as it is on television’ with music and a fun atmosphere.

Tickets are still available for the event and you can book your place by using this link.