No Cardiff City player will have a point to prove next season quite like this man...

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Former Manchester United trainee Fraizer Campbell will be keen to show what he can do in the Premier League with Cardiff.

They say sometimes you have to step backwards to move forwards, and there have certainly been examples of that in the Championship this season.

Steve Bruce at Hull City is one example, and a player who threatened to ruin his season with a goal on Saturday against them, Fraizer Campbell, is another.

Bruce actually signed Campbell for Sunderland in 2009, his first addition, and he knows only too well about the quality the striker possesses.

The problem for Campbell, 25, is that not everybody is entirely convinced.

He attracted headlines a little over a year ago when Stuart Pearce selected him for an England friendly, after a bright patch at Sunderland shortly after Martin O'Neill was appointed as manager.

But as the Northern-Irishman's success at the Black Cats diminished, Campbell fell out of favour, scoring just one Premier League goal in 2012/13, a consolation in December against Manchester United.

Campbell is a player whose career was offset by two terrible cruciate ligament injuries it must not be remembered, and his fitness and enjoyment of playing the game is unlikely to be something he ever took for granted.

It meant that after spending time on the bench at Sunderland, he accepted the offer from Cardiff when it came in late January, and it could prove to be a shrewd move.

The Bluebirds won the Championship, securing automatic promotion to the Premier League with games to spare, and Campbell's former club Sunderland could even pass them in the opposite direction with relegation still a possibility.

Either way Campbell will be glad he made the move, for he has rejuvenated his season, scoring seven goals in 12 games since moving in January.

Upon moving back into the Premier League, nobody will have a point to prove like he will for several reasons.

He will want to show Sunderland they were wrong to discard him, and he will wish to show former clubs Manchester United and loan side Tottenham that he was deserving of more chances.

But perhaps more importantly, he needs to convince the doubters who are unsure he belongs at the top level, and those who have already written him off as a 'one-cap wonder' for England.

At 25 his best years are ahead of him, fortunately for Cardiff they appear poised to profit from that. Couple with as much motivation as anybody could need, it'd take a brave man to be against Campbell succeeding next season so long as he can remain fit.

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