There never seems to be a dull moment at Birmingham City Football Club and one player that knows that all too well is Blues mainstay and fan favourite Paul Caddis.
Caddis, throughout his tenure at St Andrews has played in various positions - primarily at right-back - but has also been known to play right-midfield or even centre-midfield.
He joined the Blues on loan from Swindon Town the season before last after falling out of favour for his previous club – it was always Birmingham’s intention to sign him up on a long term basis as soon as possible but due to the tight financial restriction surrounding the club, it proved very difficult to do it as soon as they’d like.
It wasn’t until the retirement of fellow right-back and former Birmingham captain Stephen Carr that prompted the Blues to push the boat out and scrape together the necessary funds, reported to be around £150,000 at the time, to pay for Caddis – and what a decision that proved to be by the club and then manager Lee Clark.
Caddis is currently the Blues' set penalty taker and seems to get those all important goals that get the fans cheering. He is primarily right footed and has a brilliant connection with the fans and his fellow team-mates.
Most recently his knack of getting a late goal proved to be the winner against Nottingham Forest last week, courtesy of a late penalty. However, what really cemented his place in the club's history was the last minute goal to save Birmingham from certain relegation against Bolton Wanderers on the last day of last season.
Standing at only around 5ft 8in, he isn’t much to behold in the air, but his low centre of gravity and desire to push the team forward has proven vital for his team.
Caddis over the last season or so has begun to become a mainstay amongst fans and an influential player on the pitch. He will forever be remembered for his efforts to keep the Blues from going down on the last day of the season, and is looking likely that he will still have a long, eventful tenure ahead of him as he continues his playing career.
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