Doncaster Rovers: Premier League ambition for Birmingham new-boy Duffy

Mark Duffy. Photo: Steve Uttley
Mark Duffy. Photo: Steve Uttley

Mark Duffy says he expects Rovers fans to be disappointed with his move to Birmingham City but believes it will help achieve his ambition of getting into the Premier League.

The Blues survived on the final day of the season following a last-gasp draw - a vital point which ultimately kept Lee Clark’s men in the Championship and relegated Paul Dickov’s Doncaster.

Rovers’ drop meant that winger Duffy could activate a release clause in his contract.

And yesterday, Birmingham confirmed that the 27-year-old had penned a two-year deal with the Midlanders.

“I’m absolutely over the moon, it’s a massive club. When I spoke to the gaffer, he was telling me about his plans and the players he’s going to be bringing in, there were positive vibes,” said former Scunthorpe midfielder Duffy.

“I’ve spent quite a few weeks going around teams and listening to what they have to say and their plans.

“I went away with my agent and we agreed on Birmingham because it was a massive club with the ground, the facilities, the training complex but also the gaffer - the way he spoke and his passion.”

He went on: “I’m really appreciative for what Doncaster have done for me. John Ryan played a massive part in me going to Doncaster.

“I didn’t want them to get relegated. For me to come to the team that effectively got them relegated, the fans are going to be disappointed but I just think at this moment in time Birmingham are the right team for me.”

He added: “My aim is to get to the Premier League, that’s what I told the teams when I spoke to them.”