Bruce - I had to leave Blues

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Ipswich defender Alex Bruce has revealed he had to leave Birmingham for the sake of his career.

Bruce left St Andrews for Ipswich in August on a free transfer.

The young defender claims he got an unfair ride from the local Birmingham media because he was the son of the club's manager.

"I was being slaughtered by the press. I enjoyed working with my father Steve and his staff and the players were great, but I was put under so much extra pressure for being the manager's son," said Bruce.

"As a youngster trying to make his way in the game you expect a bit of slack, but the press were slaughtering me.

"In one report in a Sunday national paper I was rated three out of 10 with the comment 'If he ever plays a Premiership game for his father again it will be a disgrace.' If it had carried on my career could have been finished.

"The pressure was too much as I felt I was playing as well as anybody else.

"I had to get out - and I could not have wished to join a better club than Ipswich. Now I have settled in I am determined to prove the knockers wrong."