Ferguson commits to Birmingham

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Birmingham midfielder Barry Ferguson has signed a one-year extension to his contract to remain at St Andrew's until the summer of 2012.

The 32-year-old, who was named the club's players' player of the season last campaign, has impressed since moving to the midlands from Rangers last summer and was delighted to have signed his new deal.

Ferguson, who is currently on the club's pre-season tour of Hong Kong and China, said: "Before I left on the tour it was all agreed and I signed on the dotted line. I can now concentrate on another two years at Birmingham."

He added: "It was kind of a dual thing: they came to me and had a chat, and I was always interested."

The Scot also revealed that playing a part in a strong season for Alex McLeish's side, who finished ninth in the Barclays Premier League had made it an easy decision to stay.

Ferguson said: "I loved my first season down there. I've never hidden that. I was more than happy to extend the contract by another season.

"I can now focus on trying to do the job I did last year, and do it even better."

It was announced last week that the former Blackburn player would not make himself available for international selection under new Scotland boss Craig Levein.

Under former boss George Burley he had been stripped of the captaincy and not considered for selection after indulging in a late-night drinking session following a World Cup qualifier against Iceland and then making obscene gestures from the bench at Hampden Park.

"It was a major decision I took," said the former Rangers captain. "I spoke to various people and came to a decision. It's been put to bed now and now I can focus on Birmingham."

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