Derbyshire targets regular run
Matt Derbyshire is ready to fight for a starting place at Birmingham after joining on loan.
Last Updated: 17/08/10 12:39pm
Matt Derbyshire insists he is ready to fight for a starting place in Alex McLeish's attack after joining Birmingham City on a season-long loan.
Derbyshire made one of the most surprising moves in recent years when he left the Premier League for Greece, joining Olympiacos in 2009.
But after 18 months in Athens, the former England under-21 international has returned to England, joining the Blues on an initial loan deal that could become permanent at the end of the season.
And the 24-year-old former Blackburn man is excited at the prospect of returning to England's top division.
He told Sky Sports News: "I'm looking forward to the opportunity - it's a new start back in England.
"I'm delighted to be here, there's a great set of guys here and a great manager."
Of his time in Greece, Derbyshire added: "It's been a great experience, if I had the opportunity (to play abroad) again I probably would but I'm looking forward to the challenge at Birmingham - they're a great club."
Derbyshire's first game in front of the St Andrews faithful could be an ironic one, with former club Blackburn journeying to the Midlands on Saturday.
The striker is acutely aware of the difficulty to break into the Blues attack that also contains Cameron Jerome, Nikola Zigic, Garry O'Connor and Kevin Phillips.
But the former Great Harwood Town youngster is confident of forcing his way into McLeish's plans.
"There is (competition for places) but that's a good thing," said Derbyshire, who confirmed he hopes to make his move to Birmingham permanent.
"We've got to give the manager a headache now and keep working hard on the training ground and hopefully everything will be fine.
"It would be very nice (to make my debut against Blackburn) but it's more important to help the team win games."
McLeish is delighted to have added Derbyshire to his ranks and is confident the 24-year-old will bring added firepower to City's frontline.
"I think he's a decent finisher and if we can get the service to Matt he can score goals because it's his main strength," the Scot told Birmingham's official website.
McLeish confirmed Derbyshire is in contention for the weekend home clash with Rovers, adding: "He's fit enough and he's played a couple of Europa League games and he's ready to go in.
"I've got a happy selection dilemma this weekend."