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Birmingham City signing Matt Derbyshire wants to stay

Birmingham City striker Matt Derbyshire
Derbyshire was a product of Blackburn's youth system

Birmingham City's new loan signing Matt Derbyshire is determined to turn the move into a permanent deal.

The 24-year-old former Blackburn Rovers striker has returned to the Premier League on a season's loan from Greek club Olympiakos.

Derbyshire told BBC WM: "The targets for me are to start playing well, helping the team to win and hopefully making the loan deal permanent."

He could make his debut against former club Blackburn on Saturday.

Derbyshire added: "It's important to show the manager and the fans what I can do.

"I'm ready and it's all down to the manager to say if I'm ready."

Derbyshire began his career with Blackburn but found it difficult to cement a regular starting place at Ewood Park.

The England Under-21 international joined Olympiakos in January 2009, initially on loan, and then completed a permanent transfer later that year.

But he said the time he spent in Greece made him realise how much he wanted to return to the Premier League.

"I've missed the mentality of the English game and I'm glad to be back now," said Derbyshire.

"I'm glad I had the opportunity and I'm glad that I went, but I'm a Birmingham player now and I'm very excited."



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