Chris Burke has pledged his allegiance to Birmingham next season, despite the fact the manager who brought him to the club is no longer at the helm at St.Andrews.

Burke was signed by Alex McLeish at the beginning of June, but the Scot resigned just four days after the deal was confirmed, and has since been replaced by Chris Hughton.

Burke, who was brought to the Blues from Cardiff on a free transfer, insists that he is committed to the side, and wants to prove he was worth the purchase under new boss Hughton.

"I was away when I got a call from my agent to say Alex had resigned, and it was a shock to me, like it was to everyone,” Burke said. “It seemed like he had to make up his mind sharpish.

“But the way I looked at it, it was irrelevant. It didn’t matter to me if Alex was the manager or Chris Hughton, the gaffer now.

“Yes, I know that the manager from the past wanted me, but it didn’t mean I was going to be playing every week if he had been here. I still had to prove myself.”

Burke was thought to be a replacement for outgoing Seb Larsson, who left the club for Sunderland this summer. And while Hughton may not have personally chosen to sign the 27-year-old, Burke says he definitely made the right move to go to the recently relegated club.


 

“What happened didn’t change my mind in any way. Birmingham is a massive club. I felt it was time to move on from Cardiff,” Burke said.

“I enjoyed it there, I had three seasons trying to get into the Premier League with them and we were always near, but not near enough in the end.

“I was ready for a fresh challenge and when Birmingham came in, there was no turning back. This is the place I wanted to come.”

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