Darren Randolph will leave Birmingham City on July 1; after agreeing a new contract with West Ham United. There was widespread media reports linking him with a move to London over the past few months.
The Republic of Ireland international squad keeper was out of contract this year and it was pretty clear he would leave after failing to sign a new deal since the turn of the year.
Birmingham City are not going to be able to compete with Premier League clubs offering their players the chance to move up a league. As the keeper admitted to the club website, he simply didn’t want to miss the chance.
Despite destined for the bench, behind a good keeper in Adrian, Randolph has to believe as a professional that he is good enough to go there and earn the no1 Jersey – however unlikely that may seem.
This close season will see some big changes to the Birmingham squad, some are leaving of their own volition and others have been told they are no longer required.
What is certain is that Gary Rowett will be making his mark on the club this summer, adding to some of the good players Lee Clark managed to convince to come here last summer.
Darren Randolph’s last season with Birmingham was pretty average, and if I were choosing my top 5 performers for the team he wouldn’t have been in there, or anywhere near.
However, a decent shot stopper and he definitely played his part in the turn around under the new manager.
The 28 year old started as a trainee at Charlton in 2005, going out on loan to clubs such as Accrington; Gillingham; Bury and Hereford before a permanent transfer to Motherwell – where he made 111 league starts and asserted himself as no 1.
He won’t quite make the 100 mark for Birmingham but came very close with 91 league apperances. Randolph was always first choice at Blues since joining and despite some mistakes between the sticks he has always committed himself to the cause and on the whole been a remarkable free transfer signing.
We wish him well.
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