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Thursday, 12 September, 2002, 22:19 GMT 23:19 UK
Blues complete Powell signing
Powell is out of contract with the Rams
Powell is out of contract with the Rams

Birmingham have completed the signing of former Derby captain Darryl Powell on a short-term deal.

The Jamaica international, who had been training with the Blues, was released by the Rams following their relegation from the Premiership last season.

Fifa have relaxed rules governing transfer windows, allowing out-of-contract players to sign at any time.

City boss Steve Bruce said on signing the 31-year-old: "Darryl has been the captain of a Premiership club for a number of years and he hasn't found himself fixed up.

"I'm delighted that we've been able to take advantage of the situation. It's a chance for him to prove himself, and it's up to him now."

Powell, who can operate in midfield or defence, will provide cover for City in their first season in the Premiership.

Bruce added on the club's official website, www.bcfc.com: "We've got three injuries in defence and we'll be looking to put him into the squad.

"This is a good opportunity for him, because you can never tell with the transfer window how big you need your squad to be."

Meanwhile, Birmingham defender Olivier Tebily has suffered a setback in his recovery from a hamstring problem.

Bruce had been hoping the Ivory Coast international would be back in action within two to three weeks after he sustained the injury against Everton.

But Bruce said: "The injury is a bit worse than we first thought. Scans have revealed that he has got a tear in the hamstring. I doubt if he'll be back now for next Monday."


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