ROWETT WAIT­ING ON CITY SLICK­ERS

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Joshua Richards

BIRM­ING­HAM boss Gary Rowett ad­mits he is ea­ger to keep hold of a pair of his stars next sea­son.

With the cam­paign wind­ing down and at­ten­tions turn­ing to the sum­mer and be­yond, goal­keeper Dar­ren Ran­dolph is near the top of Rowett’s pri­or­ity list.

The 27-year-old stop­per’s cur­rent con­tract is due to ex­pire in June and his manager is keen to sort out an ex­ten­sion sooner rather than later.

“The sit­u­a­tion is quite sim­ple with Dar­ren, I have been quite open and hon­est with him,” said Rowett. “There is a lit­tle bit of in­ter­est from the Pre­mier League.

“We are hop­ing that doesn’t come to fruition but, like with all play­ers, you have to give them the op­por­tu­nity if that arises, you couldn’t stand in his way.

“I think what he will do very quickly if that doesn’t hap­pen is com­mit to the club. It is quite an open thing with us. He has been such a good player for me, he de­serves to be given that chance at least.”

But it is not just Ran­dolph, with Amer­i­can de­fender or mid­fielder Jonathan Spec­tor also out of con­tract in the sum­mer.

Spec­tor, who ar­rived at St An­drew’s from Pre­mier League side West Ham in 2011, has shown his ver­sa­til­ity on more than one oc­ca­sion this sea­son.

And Rowett ad­mits he would be sad to see the 29year-old de­part the club when his cur­rent deal runs out.

“He is an­other one we would like to keep,” he added.

“He has done re­ally well for us, we are re­ally pleased with him.We like his ver­sa­til­ity and he’s good off the pitch.

“As a cen­tre half he is very, very good. He showed at Read­ing he can also do a job de­fen­sively as a full back.

“They are the type of char­ac­ters and play­ers we want around.”

IN­TER­EST: Dar­ren Ran­dolph

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