Birmingham aiming to build for long-term future with new contracts

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Ever since his arrival back in early November, Gary Rowett has seemingly managed to turn Birmingham’s luck right around – with only one defeat in eight games with five wins to take from that as well.

Rowett took over at Blues when the club was staring relegation straight in the face with only one place separating them from the bottom of the table, however, since the new man took over the Blues are enjoying their finest form in some time.


After only being with the club for a few days, Rowett saw fit to get another defender in at the back to bolster the Blues defence, and he did just that with the loan signing of former Charlton defender Michael Morrison.

The 26-year-old impressed during his first few games under Rowett and proved a true leader on the pitch – he has linked up well with fellow defenders; Robinson, Grounds and Caddis. He has kept the likes of David Edgar and Grant Hall out of the side and is continuing to do so.


The out of favour Charlton defender has impressed so much so that Birmingham sought to tie him down for the long term, the Blues agreed compensation with Charlton and fresh terms for the defender - he has been awarded new three-and-a-half year contract at Blues which will become official when the January Transfer Window opens.

Another player that has impressed greatly since Rowett’s arrival is young starlet Demarai Gray – after scoring his first professional hat-trick at the game against Reading last week as well as other outstanding performances he has caught the eye of many premier league scouts and clubs.

It would be such a waste for blues to see him go, like many others such as Jack Butland and Nathan Redmond in particular, so Blues saw fit to tie him down for the long term and have since offered the winger fresh terms with a new two year extension to his current deal which would tie him to the club until 2018.


Although many Blues fans would like to see him stay for as long as possible, a two year extension is a good start. If he signs it would prove a huge boost for the club as it would guarantee a transfer fee if he were to leave, otherwise it commits him to the club for longer.

After being in charge for nearly two months, Gary Rowett is now beginning to mould the team into what he believes will be a competitive force – he is trying to build something that will one day be capable of Premier League opposition. Blues go into the Christmas period on the back of a 0-1 victory over championship rivals Huddersfield – blues fans couldn’t have asked for a better present…

Long may it continue and KEEP RIGHT ON!

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