Tonight's Cardiff City news as striker signs for new club and star has stadium named after him in 'huge honour'

Here are your Cardiff City headlines for Thursday, June 27.

Striker signs for new club

Striker James Crole has signed for Cymru Premier side Penybont.

The 20-year-old, who made his only Bluebirds appearance in the Carabao Cup against Blackburn last year, was perhaps unlucky not to have more opportunities when he was with Cardiff and endured two unfortunate loan spells.

The first, to Torquay United, saw him return almost immediately after suffering an injury, while last season's stint at Queen's Park up in Scotland was fruitless, with the Wales youth international playing just one minute against Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

It wasn't the right move for him at that time and the player realised he needed to get out and play regular senior football elsewhere and that's what he's done by signing for Penybont in the Welsh top flight.

"James Crole comes home," the club wrote on X. "The local boy joins us from Cardiff City to bolster our attack ahead of the new season. Welcome, James!"

It is understood Weston-super-Mare and Barry Town United were also keen on his signature, while Swansea wanted to take him on trial, too.

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Siopis has stadium named after him

Manolis Siopis' boyhood club have renamed their stadium after him.

The Bluebirds midfielder took some time to adjust to Championship football in the early part of the campaign but really took to it thereafter, becoming one of the first names on the team sheet by the end of the campaign.

It's the latest chapter in the Greece international's storied career, which took him from humble beginnings in Tychero, a town right on the river Evros, which forms the border with Turkey, to the Turkish top flight and now to Wales.

The Municipal Stadium is now the Manolis Siopis Stadium and he was awarded an honorary plaque by Soufli municipality deputy mayor, Dimitrios Darousis. Sign up to our Cardiff City newsletter here.

During the naming ceremony, Siopis gave a speech to the amassed crowd and said: "It's a huge honour! Leaving here where my dreams first started, I never thought that this stadium would be named after me. I am happy for my part to empower children to realize their dreams and goals in sports."

As part of the event, the first Manolis Siopis Football Tournament was played, with the hope being that Siopis' journey inspires the next generation of children in the area. Siopis will now head back to Wales to link-up with the rest of his team-mates for pre-season.

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City learn Carabao Cup opponents

Cardiff will take on Bristol Rovers at home in round one of the Carabao Cup.

First-round ties will take place during the week commencing Monday, August 12. However, Cardiff are playing against the Gas just a fortnight before in the last of their pre-season friendlies.

The two teams will therefore have a dress rehearsal when they go toe to toe at the Memorial Ground on Saturday, August 3.

The Bluebirds' last competitive game against Rovers was a 1-0 defeat in the League Cup back in August 2016, with that tie going to extra-time and Chris Lines netting the winner that day.