BLUES IN BID TO CUT OUT LOANS

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Paddy von Behr

GARY Rowett is des­per­ate to put an end to Birm­ing­ham City’s re­liance on the loan mar­ket and start bring­ing through some young­sters of their own in­stead.

As of next sea­son, Cham­pi­onship clubs will not be able to cover in­jury crises with emer­gency loans out­side of the sum­mer and Jan­uary trans­fer win­dows.

And Blues boss Rowett in­sists prepa­ra­tion for that needs to be­gin now, by grow­ing from within.

“We have to wean the club off emer­gency loans,” Rowett said. “At the mo­ment we have maybe got 22 play­ers in our first-team squad and Un­der21s who I feel – as tech­ni­cally strong and as tal­ented as they are – are per­haps not close enough to be­ing in­volved in the first team at the minute.

“So if you look at next sea­son when there are no emer­gency loans, you’ll have to look in your squad first and fore­most. With that com­ing up, clubs will have to start look­ing ahead.

“That has been a ma­jor fac­tor be­hind our re­cruit­ment. It’s been a ma­jor fac­tor be­hind us re-sign­ing play­ers. And it’s been a ma­jor fac­tor be­hind us look­ing at bring­ing one or two into the Un­der-21 group – and then sub­se­quently bring­ing one or two of those into the first­team group.”

PLAN: Gary Rowett

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