Sheffield Wednesday ace Kadeem Harris reveals the Neil Warnock advice that convinced him to leave Cardiff City

In his first months at Sheffield Wednesday, the question has been posed time and again – how on earth was Kadeem Harris available to sign on a free transfer?

Monday, 18th November 2019, 5:00 pm
Updated Monday, 18th November 2019, 7:58 pm

The flying winger, who signed from Cardiff City at the end of his contract in the summer, has made an incredible impact, offering two goals and three assists so far and transforming the tempo and direction of the Owls attack.

Wednesday fought off competition from several other clubs to sign Harris, who described the decision to join the club as ‘straight-forward’.

And the 26-year-old, who has started all of their league matches this term, has revealed the conversation with then-manager Neil Warnock that convinced him his time with the Bluebirds was over.

Sign up to our Sheffield Wednesday newsletter

The i newsletter cut through the noise

Warnock left the club last week and has been replaced by former Millwall manager Neil Harris, who was unveiled to the media today.

Wednesday’s Harris started just three matches in the Premier League last season, scoring one goal. With his contract coming to an end, Warnock offered him a new deal but made an incredibly honest admission about what he thought the winger should do with his career.

“He kind of advised that it was probably best for me to move on,” Harris said.

“He said ‘I'd have you here for years, but your chances might not be any more regular than they are now’. He likes me as a person and likes me as a player, so he advised me it was probably time to move on, he said ‘it's time to kick on now as a player and play some more regular football’.

Harris was lauded for his performance at his old club - a 1-1 draw there last month

“Not many other managers would have said that to me. I respect him for that.”

On his relationship with Warnock, a former Sheffield United manager and lifelong supporter, Harris said: “We had a good relationship. It started off really well and then I got injured for a long period of time when the team got promoted.

“Ever since that time it felt like it didn’t matter what I could've done, I never felt like I got the same opportunity as some others.

“It was one thing after another at Cardiff, it was a bit of a negative time down there, but I learned a lot and I can't think of it like that. I learned a lot as a pro, I had a lot of good pros around me and I learned from them. It's made me very head strong as well so I'll never be annoyed or down about my time there.

Harris has made an impressive start to his Wednesday career

“In the end it was positive because of what I've learned there and how I've progressed as a person.”

Harris’ admitted he wasn’t as surprised as others when it came to Warnock’s departure from the Cardiff City Stadium.

“There was talk about it happening for a little while,” he said. “I'm still friends with a lot of the boys at Cardiff and there was talk of him leaving a few weeks ago.

“He's done extremely well at the club and I think he's gone at a good time, the club are in a decent position and he obviously got promoted. The team got a lot of success and recognition, he’s almost done his job in that sense.

Neil Warnock and Kadeem Harris share some frank words after the Bluebirds' defeat at Arsenal last season

“It's good to leave on a high before anything turned bad. I'm sure the club can kick on now as well.”