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Bruce Delight + Another Defender In?

Steve Bruce has expressed his delight in signing right-back Stephen Kelly from Spurs in the Birmingham Mail.

The Birmingham City manager said 'I like the way Stephen plays and I like his approach to the game. He's aggressive, very quick and athletic and he's hungry to do well.'

'He's played almost 50 games for Tottenham and he's more than held his own in the Premier League. But he's got a bit frustrated there and he reminds me a lot of Matthew Upson in that he had the same problem (whilst at Arsenal).'

Adding 'By coming here, he knows that he's going to get a chance and that he will be an important player for us. Matt relished that kind of opportunity and responsibility and I'm sure it will be the same with Stephen. The good thing is that he wanted to join and prove himself with us.'

Bruce was also impressed with Kelly, who recently became a full Republic of Ireland international, the day he scored against the Blues!

'He impressed me that day and he took his goal very well. I think it's well known now the kind of players we want at this club and Stephen fits the bill. You do need one or two with experience, of course, but we have identified the need to rebuild with young, energetic players who have that desire and determination to do well. I'm sure our supporters will relate to that and the way we are going about giving them a new-look team.'

Blues are now being strongly linked to a second Spurs defender in Calum Davenport. Sheffield United's Chris Morgan has also been linked.

Bruce said: 'When I look at the squad, the balance is quite healthy - four strikers, four central midfield players, two people on the left and right-hand side positions. Defensively, we just need a little bit of strength there, and we are talking with an individual at the moment.'


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Date:Saturday July 1 2006
Time: 2:41PM

Comments

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Blimey! This davenport saga is going on a bit!
sidyid
01/07/2006 15:18:00
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nows the time to make a decision on this lads future. hes not going to start for us and is probably 4th choice at best. now may be the time for him to move on. i like what ive seen from davenport and i hate seeing our players leave but he doesnt seem to be trusted enough by Jol and hougton and hes probably not going to get any better now. if hes happy sitting on the bench, picking up his weekly paycheck, coming in if we get an injury then fine, but as a young player you always want to play and if he cant get a regular, first-team place here (which he currently cant) it would be in his best interest to move on elsewhere. COYS!!!
ExiL
02/07/2006 02:44:00
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I hope he stays, hes to good for Birmingham
ihatescum
02/07/2006 11:23:00
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" he will stay- no doubt about it"
millers4eva
02/07/2006 15:32:00
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