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Thursday 14 December 2017

O'Keefe makes Blues debut

Corey O'Keefe
Corey O'Keefe

A league debut for Ireland youth cap Corey O'Keefe was one of the few plus points to emerge for Birmingham City from their weekend defeat to Newcastle United.

Birmingham slumped to a 4-0 defeat away to Newcastle but City fans were encouraged by an appearance off the bench by midfielder O'Keefe, a member of the Ireland U19 side which recently qualified for the Elite round of qualification for the European Championships.

A Brummie who qualifies for Ireland through the parentage rile, O'Keefe says it was his "dream" to play for his hometown club.

"It's a dream come true. I've been wanting this now for years and I'm just really happy that it's finally happened," he said. "I live two minutes away from the training ground. I've been at the club for over eight years now and I'm buzzing. I'm a local lad and it's my dream come true playing for Blues."

Boss Gary Rowett says he's keen for O'Keefe to benefit from the experience. "He will have learned one or two things, I think Paul Dummett charged him into the advertising boards - a little bit unfairly he didn't get anything. He has cut his knee open," said Rowett.

"But that is part of the learning curve for him. He is going to be a really really good player and at times even in his short spell on the pitch I thought Josh Cogley and Corey showed a little bit more than the seasoned professionals."

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