JAMES IS BACK IN BRUM AS HAL­FORD SIGNS UP

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

JAMES Vaughan has re­vealed his move to Birm­ing­ham City ful­fils a life-long am­bi­tion for both the striker and his fa­ther, Dor­ring­ton.

The 27-year-old was born in the sec­ond city but be­gan his ca­reer at Ever­ton and be­came the Premier League’s youngest-ever goalscorer when he net­ted against Crys­tal Palace aged 16.

Vaughan,now with Hud­der­s­field, is yet to start a game this sea­son but will hope for first­team op­por­tu­ni­ties hav­ing moved to St An­drews on loan un­til Jan­uary 2.

And the for­mer Eng­land U21 in­ter­na­tional ad­mits the move is a land­mark mo­ment for the whole Vaughan fam­ily.

“It’s bril­liant, it’s been a long-term am­bi­tion of mine to play for the club and I am lucky enough to sign,”he said.

“My dad is a mas­sive Birm­ing­ham fan, he al­ways has been and he has tried to raise me that way. I have al­ways wanted to play for the club and I just feel really for­tu­nate to be here.

“I come here look­ing for play­ing time and with one eye on the fu­ture,it’s a club close to my heart and I am here first and fore­most on loan to get some games.

“But I have definitely got one eye on the fu­ture and if I im­press, you never know what can hap­pen.

“You can tell there’s a good feel about the place, my dad lets me know how they are get­ting on ev­ery week. They are definitely do­ing really well and I am just hop­ing I can add to that.”

Along­side Vaughan, Birm­ing­ham beat Thurs­day’s 5pm loan dead­line to se­cure the short-term sign­ing of Greg Hal­ford from Rother­ham.

The 30-year-old was stripped of the cap­tain’s arm­band at New York Sta­dium ear­lier this sea­son by for­mer boss Steve Evans, but Blues man­ager Gary Rowett be­lieves he can get the best out of the ver­sa­tile de­fender.

“Greg’s one we looked at in the sum­mer,” said Rowett.“He signed there as their cap­tain and I feel he has cer­tainly un­der-per­formed since he’s been at the club.”

DREAM: James Vaughan

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