Lee Clark says his decision not to extend the loan spell of James Hurst is because of the confidence he has in his young players to make the step-up, if required.
Hurst has gone back to his parent club West Brom, following a month-long stint at St. Andrew's.
He was brought in because of a defensive injury crisis. During his time with Blues he made a total of three appearances, one of which came from the substitutes' bench.
More recently, vastly experienced full-back Paul Robinson has been preferred at right-back. And with the likes of Will Packwood and Mitch Hancox waiting in the wings Clark feels he has enough resources at his disposal
"James has gone back to West Brom," confirmed Clark.
"Paul (Robinson) has played as a left-footed right-back in the last two games. Plus the young players have done terrifically for me and I’ve been really pleased with their contribution and how they’re been performing in training.
“I just feel that the Packwoods and Hancoxs, Jack Deaman and Callum Reilly, are the ones that, if there are any situations, we can give them an opportunity."