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June 9, 2014 by bluenosebible
Birmingham City have made their second and third signings of the summer this week after bringing in Grant Hall and Stephen Gleeson to St. Andrews.
Hall, 22, has signed on a season long loan from Tottenham Hotspur after spending the previous season at Swindon Town.
The defender is yet to make his debut for Spurs after joining from his hometown club Brighton in 2012, but was captain of the development squad before moving out on loan.
In an interview with the club’s website, Hall revealed how important last season was for his development and how much he is looking forward to next season; “The move to Swindon was my first move to get league football and that was a really good experience so this, to be playing Championship football, is the next step up.”
“Birmingham is obvivously a massive club with a great history so I’m looking forward to it. I just hope to do well for the club, the fans, the manager and the rest of the players.
Hopefully I can take my career to the next step and we have a successful season.”
Meanwhile, Blues’ boss Lee Clark has talked about the signing of MK Dons midfielder Stephen Gleeson and how good the former Wolves youngster could be at St. Andrews; “Stephen is a fantastic passer of the ball and what you’d call a playmaker.
“They’ve (MK Dons) been widely known as one of the best footballing teams in the country for many years under Karl Robinson, and Stephen has been one of the main players in that.
“We shouldn’t get caught up in the fact that he spent the last few years in League One. I think that is down to his desire to help the club that gave him his big chance and also his relationship with Karl.
“I’ve admired him for a long time, so for us to have an opportunity to get him on a free was too good an opportunity to turn down.”
After being released by Wolves, Gleeson joined MK Dons in 2009 and spent five seasons with the club, making 199 appearances.
The 25-year-old has also represented Ireland on two occassions, making his debut in 2007 against Ecuador in the same game Blues’ ‘keeper Colin Doyle made his only appearance for the national side.
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