Intense goalkeeper competition for the new season

Blues goalkeeper Connal Trueman
Blues goalkeeper Connal Trueman

Team mates are pushing each other on at Blues.

And up-and-coming Connal Trueman (pictured) could be set for a loan move.

Blues goalkeeper department is well stocked, to say the least.

First choice Tomasz Kuszczak, a candidate for Player of the Season, has signed a new contract.

Adam Legzdins' 12-month option has been taken up, keeping him at St. Andrew's.

Trueman was awarded a fresh three-year contract, such are the high hopes Blues have for him.

And Jake Weaver has also been retained on new terms.

"We have a good, strong group of players," said Goalkeeper Coach Kevin Hitchcock. "They are very receptive and good to work with.

"There's the two who, really, will be contenders (as first choice) and hopefully the younger guys will continue to push.

"I'm hoping that the first day back pre-season they are all fit and raring to go, then the manager will have a decision to make.

"As for Connal, I'd like to see him gain some first team experience.

"Circumstances stopped that possibility towards the end of last season.

"I'd like him to have a good pre-season around the the others and and then go and play first team at league level. That's what he needs."

Legzdins acknowledges that the battle between the sticks promises to be of benefit to the team.

“Having that depth of competition, in any area of the squad, is what the manager wants, what the fans want and what players want," he said.

“It spurs you on, knowing that you have to be at your very best all the time and you can’t afford to let standards slip.

“It brings better performances from you and that helps Birmingham City, for the individual and collectively.

“There’s real quality in the standard of the goalkeeping department and I know I will be giving my all to challenge for a place and achieve goals I’d like to achieve, as well as the team.”