The news Blues fans have been hoping for, for a long time. Former loanee Robert Tesche joins Blues on a permanent three year deal.
Rowett’s first summer addition will see his contract run from from 1 July 2016 until 30 June 2019.
The German spent part of the 2014/15 season on loan from Foredt, where he scored twice in 12 appearances and many Blues fans applauded him.
Blues failed to bring the 29-year-old back to St Andrews at the start of last season, due to a change in management at his previous club, Nottingham Forest.
Here’s what he had to say:
“I’m very happy to be back at Birmingham. It was a nice time here last time, so I’m happy to sign a new deal,” said Tesche.
“It was an easy decision for me, but it was a long wait.
“Birmingham wanted to sign me but I was not allowed to go (by Nottingham Forest). But now I’ve given the chance again, so I wanted to sign.”
“I didn’t see the games, but of course I watched out for the results and how they played and who played,” he said.
“It’s now five weeks until the first game against Cardiff so I think it will be easier than last time to get into the team.
“When I was here last time I had a good relationship with Gary Rowett. He knows what I can do, how I play and knows what my best position is.
“First of all, in the first year I have to play well and help the team.
“It’s a long season of 46 games so it will be tough but we have to see how we start the season and then we can build on those first games.
“If you start the season well it’s good for everything. You have good motivation and self-confidence and you can build on that and maybe win a game 1-0 because of the one or two per cent extra that you have.
“I hope that I will have some good years in Birmingham. I want to stay fit and help the Club get to the next level. That’s my first target.
“Over a long period of time we want to get higher and get to the play-offs. Then maybe get promoted – although it’s a long way.”
The ball playing defensive midfielder caught the eye of many at Blues and the fans will no doubt be excited to see how he fits back into the squad along side Kieftenbeld, Davis and Gleeson.
Great bit of business! What are your thought’s on the move?