The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO RESULTS -

LEE CLARK says he has no in­ten­tion of al­low­ing Birm­ing­ham’s tal­ented young­sters to leave.

Teenage prodigy De­marai Gray was the sub­ject of a £500,000 bid from Crys­tal Palace on dead­line day.

“How im­por­tant is it that we fend off th­ese clubs? Im­per­a­tive,” Clark said.“We’ve lost too many good play­ers I didn’t want to in my first cou­ple of years here.

“I had a good con­ver­sa­tion with De­marai and his mum be­cause I felt it was nec­es­sary after turn­ing down the move on dead­line day. It was to ex­plain how I see his fu­ture.

“Him hope­fully one day get­ting back to the Premier League with Birm­ing­ham City, as a lo­cal boy, is the ideal sce­nario.”

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