When Chris Turner took on the management role he had about half the squad out of contract, so cleared the dead wood, and among other things, sourced a couple of teenagers (Chris Brunt in March 2004 and Gary Whelan in the summer of 2004) who turned out to be solid Prem players, but unfortunately not for us. Turner's reign was terminated after the embarrassment of getting beaten at home by Bournemouth. How things have changed.
Turner also brought in David Lucas, Lee Bullen, Paul Heckingbottom, Steve MacLean, Lee Peacock, Patrick Collins and brought Drew Talbot through to the senior squad from the academy (as well as Tommy Spurr). Therefore, Sturrock ended up fielding 9 out of the 14 players brought in by Turner in the 2005 play off final, including 3 of the goal scorers (Sturrock had loaned in Alex Bruce, James Quinn and Craig Rocastle, signed John-Paul McGovern, whereas Richard Wood came through the academy under Terry Yorath.
Anyway, since its New Years Day and I have nothing better today and find it interesting, here's my understanding of where that "Cardiff team" are now, in case anyone else is interested.
Lucas (currently goalkeeping coach at Fleetwood Town)
Bullen (currently caretaker manager at SWFC)
Heckingbottom (sacked at Leeds United manager in June 2018)
Wood (plays for Rotherham United)
Bruce (plays for Wigan Athletic)
Whelan (plays for Aston Villa)
McGovern (plays for Elgin City)
Brunt (plays for WBA)
Peacock (Head of youth coaching at Swindon Town)
Quinn (first team coach at Solihull Moors FC)
MacLean (plays for Hearts of Midlothian)
Talbot (plays for Chesterfield)