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Darren Randolph keen to stay with Birmingham City

21 January 2015

Birmingham City goalkeeper Darren Randolph has said he wants to stay with the club beyond his current contract, and has praised the impact of his manager Gary Rowett at St Andrew's.

The 27-year-old's deal expires at the end of the season and he has been in discussions with the club over an extension.

Randolph signed a two-year deal from Motherwell in 2013 and is Blues' first choice keeper, having made 71 appearances.

"I'm happy here at the minute and I just want to be part of this team in the direction that it's going," he told Press Association Sport.

"I am certainly open to the idea about staying at Birmingham, definitely. I have said that to him (Rowett) as well.

"Gary came to me and we are still in talks about it now. I am just playing the football and waiting to speak to him again about the future.

"I feel in the last two seasons we have had the same core of players. Everyone gets on, we have got a good team spirit, it's just fun to come into work every day. We've got a good bunch of lads."

Birmingham have won eight of Rowett's 13 games in charge since he took over in October and Randolph said the manager would have a big influence on his future.

"Yes, definitely. Everyone enjoys working with him, you have seen what he has done since he has come in," said the Republic of Ireland international.

"He has only been here a few months, imagine how things could be if he has the team for a longer period.

"It can only look up from here and that's something that excites me.

"I just wanted to get away from the bottom. Now we are obviously sitting in mid-table and not a million miles off the top six or so. We'll just keep playing and see where that leaves us at the end of the season."

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