As well as impressing in their first few pre-season outings, room-mates Josh Murphy and Bobby Reid both took time out to meet with the media this week. Here’s what they had to say.

Josh Murphy on facing identical twin brother Jacob on his home debut:

“It will be nice for our family, before and after the game, but for those 90 minutes it’ll be ‘winner takes all’. Jacob is a Newcastle player, I’m a Cardiff player and for that 90 minutes everything goes out of the window. If I have to crunch him in a tackle, I’m going to have to do that.”

On cutting off all communication with his brother until after the game:

“We’ve agreed not to speak to each other too much because it’s going to be a weird feeling. I’ve only ever played against Jacob in training. Usually, we talk all the time. Last season, after he joined Newcastle, we talked about the Premier League and the players so he’s given me a few tips. It feels weird when twins are apart. Unless you’re a twin, you’ll never really understand it. But we’re big boys and we can look after ourselves.”

On Chris Hughton’s system for telling them apart at Norwich:

“We would always wear the same make of boots, same colour, but the gaffer asked me to wear orange boots and Jacob went for blue. That way they could tell us apart.”

On signing for Cardiff:

“As soon as the manager spoke to me, I was sold. It’s the biggest league in the world and you can’t turn down an opportunity like that. Mixing it with the big boys is all I’ve ever wanted to do and now I’ve got that chance.”

On playing against Cardiff:

“Honestly and truthfully, Cardiff were a horrible team to play against. I had no time on the ball. They were on you like a rash and for the type of player I am, I hate that. If we can adapt that for the big boys in the Premier I’m sure a few of them might not fancy it. That might work in our favour.”

“We have a fantastic back four and those defenders formed one of the best in the Championship. Now it’s about holding their own in the Premier League. They’ll be fine. We must grab the opportunity. On our day we can beat all the big teams.”

On parents, John and Maxine, who will be in attendance for the Newcastle game:

“They will all be in Cardiff to support their boys whatever the outcome and we’ll be together as a family after the game,”

On treading the same path as former Norwich favourite Craig Bellamy:

“Wow, if I can follow in his footsteps I’ll be doing incredibly well,” he said with a grin.

Bobby Reid on playing for the Bristol City and the rivalry with Cardiff:

“I was a Robins fan growing up and I have photographs at home of me in the dressing room at Ashton Gate. Leroy Lita and Scott Murray were among my favourites back then and I enjoyed watching games as an Academy player.”

“There is a rivalry there, but for me the Premier League football is where I want to be and have always wanted to be. Cardiff offered me the opportunity and as a kid it was something I always dreamed of that. This is bigger than just Bobby Reid making the Premier League. It’s for people who know me and around me just knowing that it’s possible to achieve the things you dream of and I couldn’t turn it down.”

“It’s playing in the Premier League. The be-all and end-all. I’m going to give my all for every club I play for. I gave everything I had for Bristol City and will do exactly the same for Cardiff. Hopefully fans of both clubs can accept me.”

On facing Premier League sides last season:

“I’m the type of person who wants to keep improving and challenging myself. That’s why I wanted to play in the Premier League and pit myself against the best players. I had a sniff of it last season playing against Man City and Man United and thought I did pretty well. So if I can do it against them, why not against everybody else?”

“Playing against Manchester United was a crazy experience and scoring at Man City away was just as crazy. That little taste of it made me want more and to strive for better things.”

On pre-match routines and habits:

“I don’t get nervous. Anxious sometimes, maybe, but it’s just a game of football no matter where it is and once I am on the pitch the focus kicks in. I try not to be superstitious and change my routine all the time, doing everything off the cuff.”

“I don’t do with pressure. The only pressure comes from putting it on yourself and I’m not doing that. I am confident in my own ability and believe my game will suit the Premier League.”

On his first impressions of his new club:

“There’s a good team spirit at Cardiff City. Everybody is buzzing. It’s the Premier League, what can I say? Hopefully we can surprise a few people and give it a right good go. There will be opportunities for us and if we play our cards right, we can stay up. I don’t see why not! We were promoted for a reason.”

On the influence of his cousin, former Watford, Norwich and Swindon player Anthony McNamee:

“He was a massive influence. I remember going to London, watching him in training and matches. It was great growing up and seeing somebody from a similar background to me playing professional football.”

On the influence of his mum, who would catch four buses to take him to training in his youth:

“I didn’t realise at the time how much my mum was doing for me. I have no doubts now and I will repay her by being the best I possibly can be. Without my mum this may not have been possible.”