Players new and old

I was reminded of Robbie Savage’s exit from Blues when I read about David Cotterill’s arrival in the Mail. Their article1 said “a desire to move closer to his Cardiff base and play for a big city club, in the second tier, persuaded him to come to Blues.” It seems that the Welsh like to be near home and Cardiff is nearer to Birmingham than Doncaster.

Cotterill is one of several to sign contracts for Birmingham City this week.  I now have nine arrivals listed on my Cheat sheet2. Only one of those, Grant Hall, is a loan player and he is on a season long loan with no recall option; I hope this will mean a more settled team than last season.  There are also two young players who have signed new contracts, James Fry and Will Packwood, and four who have been given their first professional contracts. It’s good to know that when pre season training starts, there will be some players to train.

A comment on my last post, about Ricky Otto, led me to do a Google search on him. He is included in an article3 on footballers who have overcome humble beginnings. He certainly had a very bad start and served time in prison but when he retired from football he became a probation officer. I also found a post4 about him on Often Partisan, which includes a long video interview with him. I found the part about the pressure of being Birmingham City’s record signing particularly interesting (starts at 39 minutes).

Otto managed to change from a criminal to a professional footballer and then moved from football to the probation service. He set up a company, Living Xperience Consultancy, to help people change and on its website5 it says: “We believe at LXC that everybody has the ability to change.”  I believe that too and think that Ricky Otto today is a better person than he was when he played for us.

  1. I was never going to turn down a move to Birmingham City, reveals David Cotterill
  2. Cheat sheet
  3. Joy of Six: Footballers who have overcome humble beginnings
  4. Do You Remember When… Ricky Otto Scored Twice In A 1-1 Draw?
  5. Living Xperience Consultancy: Our beliefs

2 thoughts on “Players new and old

  1. phillip

    I note your comments regarding Otto and changing his ways,,,,,,this however does not excuse his behaviour towards my daughters,,,,,and the fact that there was no attempt at an apology when the club was contacted about this the following day or two days later when I contacted it or ever since.

    You gloss over the fact that that his prison sentence was for violent crimes [ please note crimes not just a criminal act],,,,,,and that he will carry the scars physically and mentally from this for the rest of his life,,,,,,,my daughters were scarred also by this, the younger has never been back to a city centre night club since being scared,,,,,,and she,s not a timid person by nature holding a very senior management position and travel,s around Europe a lot on her own

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