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Hart Comes to St Andrews on loan

England Under-21 goalkeeper Joe Hart will spend next season on loan at Birmingham after Manchester City confirmed the deal this morning.

Hart has been seeking first-team football since the arrival of Shay Given in January knocked him down the pecking order at Eastlands.

Hart has made 33 starts for City and showed great potential, something boss Mark Hughes now hopes he can build on with another season's experience.

'I have always said that Joe is a really good young keeper, and his talent was obvious to (goalkeeping coach) Kevin Hitchcock and I from the outset,' Hughes told City's official website.

'His contribution to the team prior to Shay Given's arrival was fantastic, but by loaning him to Birmingham, he will add invaluable experience to that already gained here at City.

'I know he will relish the prospect of regular Premier League action, which is vital at this stage in his career.'

Hart joined City from Shrewsbury in 2006 and cannot wait to get started at St Andrews

'It has been tough. It's frustrating, but there's only one person can play in goal and Shay's doing that at the moment,' he said.

'I've had to deal with it the best I can. It's not been ideal, but it's not the end of the world.'

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Date:Wednesday June 24 2009

Time: 2:19PM

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I wish Joe Hart the best whilst he is with you, I hope his stay with you will make him a better keeper. He needs to organise his defences better and command his area with more authority, but is a great shot stopper, but not sure if he is better than what you have already.
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