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Official: James Fry signs on the dotted line

Posted: Tue 03 Jun 2014

James Fry puts pen to paper

Image by: Andy Walker

Birmingham City U21s skipper James Fry has today signed a new one-year deal, with a one-year option.

It is the second contract the highly-rated 19-year-old defender has penned, following his first professional deal last May.

Fry, who is a lifelong Blues fan, can play at either full-back or centre-half. The Hall Green-raised teenager is a natural athlete who had the option of trying to carve out a career in football or cricket – he came through the youth ranks at Warwickshire CCC from the age of eight. At 16 he had to choose between the two sports and plumped for football. 

Last season was somewhat of a stop-start one for the youngster. After some impressive performances at the start of the campaign he was sent out on loan to non-league side Leamington to gain valuable experience. But just three-and-and-half-weeks into his time with the Brakes, he injured his ankle ligaments in training, which kept him sidelined until April. 

“My injury pretty much destroyed my year," Fry admitted. “It hurt me and my family quite a lot because it was the year that I wanted to kick-on and get nearer to the first-team, and even in it if possible. Hopefully this coming year I can stay fit and achieve what I want to achieve."

Although the long lay-off was unwelcome, Fry hopes to take the positives out of it moving forward.

“I think in the long run it will make me stronger mentally," he said. "I've never been injured for that length of time before, so now I've been through it I know what it's like. I've been in the gym everyday and I’ve come back fitter and stronger. I wanted to take every opportunity I could get because I knew what it was like without the game and playing the game everyday.

He continued: "I feel much better now and I'm looking forward to pre-season. You always know that as a young player at this club that if you do well; your attitude is right and you perform, then you've always got a chance. The manager is willing to give players opportunities and hopefully I can be involved next year."

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