Former West Ham flop Nicky Maynard set to play first game in six months for Cardiff City

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The striker is out of contract in the summer and Russell Slade is preparing to give him a chance to earn a contract.

In January 2012 West Ham snapped up Nicky Maynard in a move reported by the BBC to have cost the club for a fee in the region of £2 million.

His contract was due to expire and after scoring 46 goals in 131 appearances for Bristol City the striker arrived at Upton Park when The Hammers were in the Championship.

His stay at West Ham however was short-lived. He was at the club for just eight months, scoring four goals in 17 games.

He was sold to Cardiff City, were things have not got any better.

He has suffered a string of injuries in Wales and has played just 21 times for the club in three years and has not played since November. His last goal for the club came in August, against former loan club Wigan.

Now he looks set for his first appearance in nearly six months. Cardiff City manager Russell Slade is reported to have stated Maynard could play in Cardiff's game with Blackpool at the weekend by the BBC. He has a back injury, but Slade wants him playing in order to put him in the shop window - with his contract expiring in the summer.

In the three years since he joined West Ham things have certainly gone down hill for the striker.

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