Wednesday, 8 June 2011

First Summer Signing

Take a deep breath, sit down and relax - for the time being anyway - because for the first time in what seems like ages, we have some positive news from the club: we have signed someone.

Chris Burke, former Rangers and Cardiff man, has just been revealed as our first signing of the summer transfer window. The 27 year old midfielder was available on a free transfer after his contract with Cardiff expired at the end of the 2010/11 season.

A talented winger, Burke seems to be a replacement for Seb Larsson who left the club after his contract ended last month. The Scotland international has impressed whilst being at Cardiff, and is an ideal addition to bolster our squad and to help us win promotion from the Championship.

This is hopefully to first of many that come through the doors this summer as McLeish will be looking to add depth to the squad as we mount a promotion push back to the Premier League at the first time of asking, and there is also to small matter of the Europa League to contend with too and, depending on how far we progress in the competition, the squad will need to be large enough to contend with several games a week.

Elsewhere, there is a heavy amount of speculation about our star players. Scott Dann has been heavily linked with Liverpool and it has become increasingly likely that he may be sold to them. Craig Gardner and Roger Johnson have both been linked with moves to Sunderland, and it has also been reported that Wolves have been in contact with us about Johnson, but we stand firm on the front that it is going to take a large bid to prompt us to sell - like it will be for many of our big players. Although, the definite feeling amongst the Blues fans is that at least two or three of these big name players will leave the club in search of Premier League football: the price we have to pay for relegation, unfortunately.

Nevertheless, welcome to Birmingham Chris Bruke - the first of what we hope will be many good signings.

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