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King wanted Europe chance

Birmingham striker hoping to be involved against Braga

Last Updated: 15/09/11 10:14am

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King: Was keen to take up the opportunity to play in Europe after joining Birmingham from Coventry

King: Was keen to take up the opportunity to play in Europe after joining Birmingham from Coventry

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Marlon King insists the opportunity to play in Europe was a big factor in his decision to leave Coventry City for Birmingham City.

The striker joined Birmingham on a three-year contract in the summer and was heavily criticised for his decision by Coventry, who accused him of 'betraying' the club.

However, King is adamant he was not motivated by money in moving to St Andrew's and was simply keen to take up the opportunity to play in the Europa League.

"I had a few offers in the summer but Birmingham is a big club," said King. "When the opportunity came up I wanted to sign for Blues.

"The lure of Europe played a big part in it and I know we are going to be in the mix for promotion at the end of the season. That was important to me as well.

"I am no spring chicken, these opportunities don't come up every day and every player will tell you that he wants to play in the top competitions - Europe is one of them."

No second thoughts

King made his debut for Blues as a substitute in the weekend win against Millwall following a spell out through injury and he could feature in Thursday's group game against Braga.

He was signed for Birmingham by former manager Alex McLeish, but stressed he never regretted his decision following Chris Hughton's appointment as boss.

"Yes, 100 per cent," he added. "I was signed by Alex McLeish and he took his opportunity at Villa. There were no second thoughts at all when he left. Not at all.

"There's a lot been going on surrounding the club and not on the pitch and it can be difficult.

"The gaffer has had a difficult job. But I think everyone has dealt with it superbly and the fans have been brilliant."

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