James Waite joins The Bulls ahead of Saturday’s Vanarama National League North match against Curzon Ashton.
We take a look at the player who his friends call ‘Wedgey’.
According to his parent club’s official website – cardiffcityfc.co.uk, James is: “a clever and tricky player who has an array of tricks and skills to off-balance and beat his opponent. He can play in a number of positions across the midfield, but is equally comfortable in a forward role.
“The 19-year old is small in stature with a robust technical armoury, a big heart and an excellent attitude.”
Like fellow Cardiff City FC Academy graduates and current Bulls Tommy O’Sullivan and Theo Wharton, Waite is a Welsh youth international – representing his country up to U19 level.
He is known to his friends as “Wedgey” and appeared for Neil Warnock’s first team in pre-season, holding his own during a match against Championship side Rotherham United.
The Bluebirds boss clearly continues to think highly about the youngster, who was part of the 19-man squad that Cardiff City took to Gillingham in the Emirates FA Cup Third Round earlier this month.
Waite has an impressive 1:2 goals-to-games ratio for City’s U23 squad during the 2018/19 Professional Development League 2 campaign despite playing mostly in an attacking midfielder role or as a winger.
WalesOnline identified James as a player with plenty to offer following his performances in pre-season.
A lot of fans may be familiar with the name James Waite without knowing what he brings as a footballer.
On the evidence of St Austell, supporters could be hearing a lot more about a player, who has only just turned 19 and seems to have a lot going for him.
Height isn’t one of his attributes – the midfielder stands no taller than 5ft 6 – but he is tenacious, purposeful and very skilful in the centre of the pitch.
As Cardiff’s youngsters were seemingly about to wilt in the face of a feisty St Austell side, Waite led the battle in the middle. It was clear he was the skipper, not just from the fabric band on his arm, but from his buccaneering midfield style.
A loan move down the divisions could pay dividends for Waite. He has a lot to offer.