FORMER Ireland international Colin Doyle hopes that his reward for signing a new deal with Championship side Birmingham City will be a run in the first team next season.
The Cork native, 27, is now Birmingham's longest-serving player, as Doyle has been with the club for 10 years and will now stay on until 2015 after putting pen to paper on a new two-year deal.
Doyle was frustrated by the lack of opportunities last season and knows that he faces a battle next season with the arrival of fellow Irishman Darren Randolph from Motherwell.
"I hope this year I get a few more appearances," said Doyle, capped once at senior level.
"On a personal level, last year was frustrating because I only played three games, which were the cup games."
ROVERS EDGE IT
Ciaran Kilduff's strike on 56 minutes proved to be the difference at Tallaght Stadium last night as Shamrock Rovers beat Dundalk 1-0 in the EA Sports Cup.
The game didn't really spark to life until Kilduff controlled a misplaced pass from Dane Massey and smashed in a thunderbolt from distance to put the hosts a goal up.
Dundalk stirred into action with Richie Towell volleying wide before substitute John Dillon and Keith Ward went close. But Rovers did enough to hang on.
REID IN TALKS
West Brom are in talks with Steven Reid over a new deal.
Albion have the option to terminate Reid's contract, as he has not made enough appearances to guarantee his final year, but are currently in negotiations with the right-back.