Goalkeeper David Marshall signs new Cardiff City deal

David Marshall

Cardiff City have secured the long-term future of goalkeeper David Marshall.

The 27-year-old Scotland international has agreed a new three-year contract extension with the Bluebirds

Former Celtic stopper Marshall joined Cardiff in 2009 from Norwich City in a deal thought to be worth £500,000.

"It's great committing to the club for the next three years at least. It was an easy decision for me to extend my deal here," Marshall told Cardiff's official website.

Marshall, who has five Scotland caps, put an injury-hit last season behind him to establish himself as Cardiff's first-choice keeper this campaign.

The ex-Norwich City goalkeeper said manager Mackay was a big factor in his decision to committe to the

"I was more than happy to sign it and the process has been quite straight forward from start to finish," Marshall said.

"I had a year left on my current deal which would have taken me through next season

"But the gaffer [Malky Mackay] pulled me not so long ago and told me he wanted to offer me a new deal.

"He gave me the chance to get back fit and prove myself last summer and I appreciated that I want to be able to repay him now on the pitch and kick on again."

The Scotsman got the nod over fellow stopper Tom Heaton for Cardiff's Championship campaign, although Heaton impressed in their run to the Carling Cup final, as the Bluebirds made the play-offs before losing to West Ham in the semi-finals.

Cardiff released Heaton along with defenders Lee Naylor and Paul Quinn after their failure to gain promotion to the Premier League.

"Tom is a number one Championship goalkeeper without question," added Marshall.

"We were very fortunate in that when he came in and played he was fantastic for us.

"But he wants to play and knows that he must be playing first-team football. Whichever club he ends up with will be lucky to have him without a doubt."

The Welsh club's chairman Dato Chan Tien Ghee is currently in Malaysia meeting with the club's investors to discuss Cardiff's future.

A proposed change of club colours from blue to red was greeted by vociferous opposition from some City fans when it was revealed.

That protest has jeopordised investment plans and last week that sparked a lengthy board meeting.