EX-SUNDERLAND striker Fraizer Campbell is confident that Cardiff City are in good shape ahead of their first season in the Premier League.
Campbell joined Cardiff in a £650,000 January move and went on to score seven goals in nine starts as the Welsh side clinched the Championship title.
The forward, who netted in a 2-1 pre-season win over Athletic Bilbao at the weekend, struggled with two serious injuries in his time at the Stadium of Light but is now looking forward to playing top flight football once again.
“The lads are all peaking at the right time. Personally, I felt great and it was good to score before the league season starts,” he said.
“We are all sharp and ready for the season to start now. Our preparation has been tough but perfect.”
The move to Wales has seen Campbell enjoy his most prolific spell since he established himself in Steve Bruce’s Sunderland side in 2010 before injury struck, and the former Manchester United man is keen to continue his form going into the new campaign.
“I enjoyed those goals, but my aim must be to do even better at Premier League level,” Campbell added.
“We all have to increase our standards and every player is working on that.
“We are all looking forward to playing Premier League football.
“It’s fresh, exciting and we just can’t wait to get it all started.
“It’s going to be difficult, though and we’ll be up against it in the majority of matches this season.
“But that’s what we expect. Come the end of the season our aim is to have retained our place in the Premier League and take it from there.
“We’ll work hard as a team and I’m sure we will earn the results we deserve.
“It’s a brilliant opportunity to be part of such a good team, working with a good set of lads who’ll all have a crack at the Premier League together. We believe we can do well.”
Campbell scored 10 goals for Sunderland after signing for £3.5million in July 2009.