Mutch keen on new Blues deal

The 18-year-old, whose current deal ends next summer, impressed

during City’s pre-season tour of Hong Kong and China. He is

currently gaining first-team experience at Watford during a loan

spell which expires in January. But Mutch, who was loaned out to

Hereford and Doncaster last season, is keen to remain at St

Andrew’s on a long-term basis. Mutch told the Birmingham Mail: “My

contract finishes at the end of the season and we are talking to

try and sort something out now. “Hopefully that will be done as I’d

love to re-sign. I don’t plan to on going anywhere else. “Then it

is down to the manager whether he keeps me or not – or I go out on

loan again to keep learning and improving.” Mutch was a product of

the Derby academy but joined Birmingham in the summer of 2007. He

became the second youngest Birmingham debutant after Trevor Francis

when appearing in a League Cup tie at Southampton in August 2008.

Mutch then had to take a complete break from the game and needed

surgery to correct the excessive strain being placed on the growth

plates in his legs.