Hughton hails deadline day signings

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The summer transfer window will undoubtedly be best remembered by Birmingham fans as a period of selling players following the Blues' relegation last season.

The sale of Cameron Jerome and Scott Dann to Stoke City and Blackburn Rovers yesterday, only added to the large exodus of first-team players, following Sebastian Larsson, Craig Gardner, Roger Johnson, and Ben Foster out of St Andrew's prior to the start of the 2011-12 campaign.

But two deadline day deals concluded by manager Chris Hughton has given players, fans and everyone else affiliated with the Midlands club, renewed hope and optimism for the challenge that lies ahead, after Wade Elliot and Pablo Ibanez both penned two-year deals with Birmingham.

Hughton is delighted to have signed a pair of experienced heads that will add quality to his Blues squad ahead of what will be a testing Npower Championship and Europa League campaign.

"It's been a real frantic time and I'm just delighted to bring in the two that I have done," he told "Pablo is a player of very good age and experience. He's been at West Brom and it's perhaps a bonus that he's used to the area and English football.

"He will be valuable for us in a season where we will play a lot of games. He's got a very good pedigree and he'll be better for his experience over the last year."


Elliott's arrival from Burnley is another fine example of a player who brings a wealth of experience in the second-tier with him to St Andrew's, as Hughton prepares to engineer a promotion push this year.

"Wade was another that I was keen to bring in because of his experience," he continued. "He can play anywhere across that midfield area, he's got an offensive ability and can score goals.

"He's also a fit lad who knows the Championship very well. If you look at his record of games over the last six or seven years he doesn't miss many games.

"He's a reliable player and with the amount of games we've got this season then you need somebody with that reliability."

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