Published: Tue, May 08, 2018
Medical | By Vernon Walton

Filipino goalkeeper becomes first Southeast Asian player in English Premier League

Filipino goalkeeper becomes first Southeast Asian player in English Premier League

Cardiff City owner Vincent Tan has revealed that he wants to "follow the formula" that Burnley have used in the Premier League.

After his release from Fulham in 2014, the 28-year old played for several lower-level clubs until his brilliant performance in Walsall FC caught the attention of Cardiff manager Neil Warnock, who signed him in May last year.

For Warnock, who was appointed Cardiff manager in October 2016 with the club in the relegation zone, promotion this season represents the eighth time he has led a club to a higher division. Not reckoned to succeed by many, Cardiff - and Etheridge - have just shown this season that they are very well capable of achieving great things.

"So the lads [players] said 'what about bringing in Charlie, gaffer?' So we got Charlie across to Hull, we won that game and then he came on Saturday and we managed to get over the line with a draw". Burton suffered 2-1 defeat to Preston.

Etheridge had an impressive nineteen clean sheets for Cardiff City in the 2017-2018 EFL Championship season.

"Burnley went down the first year [they went up to the Premier League], but they used the money, the infrastructure of the club changed, they got everything done and then they came back up stronger. It's creating history. I'm very proud of my national team, we've got to the Asian Cup for the first time and I'm the first south-east Asian player to get promoted and, hopefully, to play in the Premier League next season".

"I've never known a week longer than this", Warnock said.

Etheridge is also goalkeeper for the Philippines national team, known as the Azkals.

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