Sam Cosgrove - I'm ready for the challenge

I now find myself at a top-class Club in the Championship in Birmingham and I'm looking to kick on.

Sam Cosgrove

Sam Cosgrove is ready to step up for Blues after he completed his move to the Second City.

The striker signed from Aberdeen on Sunday and gave his first interview as a Blues player after training with his new teammates.

A sharp marksman north of the border, Cosgrove is looking to replicate such form in front of goal for Aitor Karanka’s side.

And the 24-year-old believes he is ready to make the transition into Sky Bet Championship football.

Speaking to BluesTV at the Trillion Trophy Training Centre he weighed up the new challenge.

He said: "There's a big job for me to do here. I'm looking forward to playing in the Championship. I know how demanding it is, but I wouldn't be here if I didn't think I was ready to take on the challenge. Short-term, it's helping the team. Long-term it's echoing that - being as successful as I can and helping this fantastic Club.

"I've been told by the Manager to be myself. I've had my first training session this morning (Sunday) and I can see the intensity at which they train at. I'm sure the quality that the Manager and the squad brings will raise my game."

Cosgrove leaves The Dons after three years in Scotland and explained how the move to the West Midlands was an offer to good to refuse as he continues to progress.

He said: "It feels really good to be here. As soon as the interest was there from Birmingham it was a no brainer from me, and I'm really delighted to get it over the line.

"Working my way through the footballing ladder was a reality check. I came through at Everton but found myself playing non-league before I got the break at Aberdeen. They were testing times - I've hit the lows in football, but it's made me even more determined to do better things. I now find myself at a top-class Club in the Championship in Birmingham and I'm looking to kick on."

The forward also gave an insight into what Bluenoses can expect from their newest recruit, as well as his hopes for the future.

He said: "I'm a target man first and foremost - I like the ball into my chest and I'm ready to compete for any high balls. But I'm confident with my feet as well - in and around the area - and I'm hoping for plenty of crosses coming in from the boys and I hope to get plenty of goals.

"I'm still relatively young at the age of 24 but I think as a footballer you need to grow up fast. I've had some good experiences and I'm confident I'll make even more here as well."