JAMES IS BACK IN BRUM AS HALFORD SIGNS UP
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