Blues have today announced a quintet of senior names will be leaving the club at the end of the season.
Lee Novak, Mark Duffy, David Edgar, Neal Eardley and Wes Thomas will all not be offered new deals, signalling an end to the beleaguering Birmingham City careers.
Whilst some will be sad to see them go, in essence, non of these players are Gary Rowett signings and this “spring-clean” approach is more than necessary if the gaffer wants to build a squad of his own signings.
Out of the five that have been released, it seems Mark Duffy is the one player some Blues fans may have wanted to see stay. The winger has been in excellent form for Burton Albion this season, making over 45 appearances and scoring 8 goals in the process. However, at 30-years-old, he is not getting younger and if he is out of Rowett’s plans now, then the chance of him ever being part of the squad is unlikely.
I’m sure many will bid Wes Thomas a fond farewell too. The striker, who has been on-loan at Bradford City, had a good season in 2014-2015, but has failed to re-establish himself since. Just looking down the amount of clubs Thomas has played for is a little sad- he just can’t seem to settle. Good luck to him in the future.
As for Neal Eardley, he’s another who just didn’t quite have the rub of the green. Ruled out for the entirety of the season with an injury, he didn’t get the chance to prove himself at all. I would wonder if he could do a better job than Jonathan Grounds at some points, even on his un-favoured left-hand-side.
Good luck to all, and thanks for your services to the club. KRO.