Sadler commits to Blues
By Phil Jackson
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Birmingham defender Mat Sadler has signed a new two year deal at St Andrews.
Relegated Birmingham City have been boosted by defender Mat Sadler's signing of a new two-year deal at St Andrews.
The former England youth team player broke into the first team in the 2002/03 season, at the age of 17, but has been hampered by injury since.
Sadler, who is now 21, returned to Blues' line up in April, and has been key to their improved performances of late, but he could do nothing to prevent their relegation from The Premiership.
The Birmingham-born City fan felt the pain of the drop as much as anyone, and says he wants to help the team bounce straight back into the top league.
"Firstly I want to establish myself in the side and then hopefully try and help the team to what I think is an achievable goal of promotion next season," he told the club's official website.
"There are some established Premier League players in our squad and if we can hang on to the nucleus of that then we have a fantastic opportunity to bounce back next season.
"But it won't be easy and nobody is under any illusions that it will be.
"International honours are, of course, a dream and an ambition of any professional footballer.
"But let's take one step at a time at the moment. First and foremost the aim is to hold down a regular place in the Birmingham first team," he said.
Blues face Bolton Wanderers at The Reebok in their final Premiership game of the season.