Lee Tomlin’s time at Cardiff City has officially come to an end, with the Bluebirds confirming that his contract has been terminated.
The 32-year-old attacking midfielder signed for the Welsh club back in 2017 from Bristol City, having previously featured for Rushden & Diamonds, Peterborough, Middlesbrough and AFC Bournemouth.
Tomlin’s time at the Cardiff City Stadium has been anything but successful as he found himself out on loan at both Nottingham Forest and then back at Posh in the second half of his first two seasons at the club.
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Things seemed to click for him though during the 2019-20 season, playing 35 times in the Championship – mainly under Neil Harris – scoring nine times and assisting 10 goals in his most productive season for a while and it led to a contract extension for the playmaker until the summer of 2022.
However a groin injury that needed surgery a year ago has not cleared up for Tomlin, who made it back onto the substitutes bench at the back end of last season but he’s still not sufficiently recovered, as last updated by Mick McCarthy last month.
Now though Tomlin is a free agent, although he cannot play for another Football League club until January as his contract wasn’t terminated inside the transfer window.
It’s a shame that on the whole it didn’t work out for Tomlin at Cardiff – he was there for a long while and he only really had one season where he proved his worth.
Obviously the injury he suffered impacted his time massively in the end and if he was able to stay fit last season it could have been another big one, with Neil Harris clearly trusting him to do the business.
But it just wasn’t to be and now Tomlin has to not only get over the strain of still being injured but he will now have to get back up to full fitness and find himself a new team.
At 32 years old Tomlin still has something to offer someone – it’s just a case of which level he will be playing at in the EFL.