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Tuesday 09 July 2013

In Brief: Hudson extends Cardiff stay; Karagounis makes Fulham return

Bluebirds captain signs new two-year deal; Goran Popov extends stay at West Brom

Cardiff captain Hudson (right) guided his side to the Championship title last season

Cardiff City have announced that Mark Hudson has signed a new deal that will keep him at the newly promoted Barclays Premier League club until June 2015.

"I'm sure he will have the same impact for us in the Barclays Premier League as he did in captaining the players to promotion last season"
Malky Mackay

Having signed for the Bluebirds from Charlton Athletic in July 2009, Hudson has made 136 league appearances and scored 11 goals. The 31-year-old club captain was voted the Supporters Club's Player of the Season for 2012/13, after leading the Welsh side to the Championship title.

"I'm delighted that Mark has committed his future to Cardiff City Football Club,” manager Malky Mackay told the club’s website. “He is the ultimate professional, an inspirational leader of men and a pleasure to work with on a day to day basis.

"It was no surprise to see Mark voted as the Supporters Club's Player of the Season earlier this summer, nor that he was voted as part of the PFA's Championship Team of the Year.

"To secure our captain on a longer-term deal this summer was on our list of priorities and I'm sure he will have the same impact for us in the Barclays Premier League as he did in captaining the players to promotion last season."

"I'm thrilled to have secured my future with Cardiff City and that the thought of my contract is no longer in the back of my mind," added the former Oldham and Crystal Palace defender. "It's a relief to have done this so early on in the summer so that we can focus purely on the football now in the build-up to the season's kick-off." 

Hudson's new deal comes four days after fellow defender Kevin McNaughton agreed a new one-year deal to stay at the club that signed striker Andreas Cornelius from FC Copenhagen earlier this mionth.

Cardiff will make their Barclays Premier League bow at West Ham United on 17 August.

Popov extends West Brom stay

West Bromwich Albion defender Goran Popov became a crowd favourite last season

West Bromwich Albion have renewed the loan of Dynamo Kiev left-back Goran Popov for another season, subject to international clearance.

The 28-year-old joined the Baggies on loan last August and became a big hit with the fans as he made 12 Barclays Premier League appearances.

"It was always our intention to get Goran back over the summer," West Brom manager Steve Clarke told the club's website.

"He knows what the club's about and we know what he's about. He's a good player and it makes sense to bring him back. He understands the Premier League better now as well and we will look for even more from him next season."

The Macedonia defender played for AEK Athens, Red Star Belgrade and Heerenveen before joining Kiev in 2010. He is West Brom's second signing of the summer, following the arrival of striker Nicolas Anelka last week.

Karagounis signs new Fulham deal

Karagounis (left) has returned to Craven Cottage

Fulham midfielder Giorgos Karagounis has signed a new one-year deal that will keep him at the club until next summer.

The 36-year-old joined the London club on a free transfer in September and became an important member of the first-team squad, making 25 Barclays Premier League appearances and scoring one goal as Fulham finished 12th in the table.

Karagounis is a vastly experienced central midfielder, having played for Panathinaikos, Inter Milan and Benfica, while he also helped Greece win UEFA Euro 2004 and last autumn became his country’s most capped player.

News of the new contract adds to the three signings that manager Martin Jol has already made this summer, with Derek Boateng, Fernando Amorebieta and Maarten Stekelenburg joining the club.

Fulham travel to Sunderland for their opening match of the new Barclays Premier League campaign on 17 August.

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