BLUES IN BID TO CUT OUT LOANS
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.”
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