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Birmingham offer Fahey new contract

BIRMINGHAM CITY want to reward the form of Irish midfielder Keith Fahey with a new long-term contract.

The former St Pat's man, who celebrates his 27th birthday today, has clocked up 19 appearances for in-form Birmingham this season, and even though he hasn't started a league game since October due to the form of midfielders Lee Bowyer and Barry Ferguson, Blues manager Alex McLeish is very pleased with his contribution.

Fahey has two and a half years left on his contract but the club want to tie him down to a longer deal on better terms.

"We're due to sit down in the next while and start talking about a new deal, which is good news for me," Fahey told the Herald. "I still have over two seasons left on the deal that I signed when I came here but the club are happy with me and want to show that with a new contract offer, and I am more than happy to sign. It would be great to tie up my future at the club for another couple of years.

"There is no rush, the club will sit down with me and my agent in the next while but it's nice to be offered the deal. It means I can enjoy our current good run a little bit more.

"I think I have done well since I came over here and it's a nice reward for the hard work I have done," added Fahey.