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Doyle relishes his chance to shine for Birmingham

IRELAND international Colin Doyle has been handed a chance to shine and help Birmingham City make it into the play-offs, and the Cork native wants to take full advantage of the opportunity.

Doyle (26) has played just a handful of games for Birmingham over the last three seasons and this term has been forced to make do with occasional run-outs in the FA Cup and Europa League. But an injury to Boaz Myhill has seen Doyle pitched into the side for City's last three games and he is likely to be in goal should Chris Hughton's men make it into the play-offs as Myhill is not expected to be fit in time.

"It's pleasing that I'm playing again, every player wants to play," said Doyle, capped once at senior level by Steve Staunton in 2007.

"Of course it's not the greatest of circumstances but I'm happy.

"I have to admit that I thought after getting knocked out to Chelsea in the FA Cup that my season was over.

"But after every game we look through the video, and do our work, and the coaches told me to keep myself in good nick because you don't know what might happen.


"Personally, I haven't played as many games as I would have liked but when I've played I feel that I've done well," he added.

"This season, having the amount of games I've had is not so bad though.

"Sometimes it can be hard for a second keeper to come in because you haven't had the game time.

"But I've had those games which is a lot of games for a second choice.

"If you add five or so more then you're looking at half a season so it's not too bad. The boys have done well and put us in a good position so I'm ready to keep it going.

"It's a crucial time but I relish it, I love playing. There's a long way to go though."