Doyle had no doubts

Blues goalkeeper ready to challenge Jack Butland for No.1 shirt

Colin Doyle: Birmingham's financial struggles failed to deter him from putting pen to paper

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Goalkeeper Colin Doyle insists he never considered leaving Birmingham this summer after signing a one-year extension to his contract.

The 27-year-old was a reported target for Ipswich but Boaz Myhil's return to West Brom, coupled with the sale of Ben Foster, has decreased competition at St. Andrews.

Teenager Jack Butland will offer a fierce challenge, but Doyle is prepared for the tussle for the number one shirt while also stating that the club's financial impairments never detered him from signing on.

"I know there's a fight on there and I'm looking forward to it," Doyle told the Birmingham Mail. "I will try to do my best to impress.

"There were other options open to me but Birmingham is a massive club. The facilities we've got are excellent and there's a new manager now who wants to do well.

"My wife and kids are from here and we're all very settled and having to uproot everything was also a factor.

"The situation we're in didn't put me off signing a contract. Last year there was a bit of a fire sale and we lost a lot of players, but we still almost got promotion.

"This year we've sold a couple, but there were five players who were on loan who have gone back.

"So I'm sure the manager [Lee Clarke] can replace them and bring in more to strengthen us.

Financial woes

"Certainly, I'm happy to be at the club and as players we didn't really see what was going on behind the scenes. We just concentrated on our football - and that's what we will do again this season."

Having won the League Cup in 2011, Birmingham embarked on a Europa League campaign last season, which Doyle believes stretched their squad to its limits.

With no such distraction this season, Doyle admits a degree of relief that the club can focus on their league form, although he's wary of the challenge ahead.

He said: "We won't have is Europe next season and that is going to benefit us.

"I think the Championship will be even harder, when you see three big teams that have come up in Charlton, Sheffield Wednesday and Huddersfield, and then there's the three that have come down.

"We played a lot of games [last season] and our squad was stretched to the limit.

"If we can manage to keep the squad together as it is at the moment and then we add some more players, we will definitely be right up there competing again towards the end of the season."