Doyle hoping for more action

Colin Doyle is hoping to regain control of the gloves at Birmingham next season after a frustrating spell in the shadows of some of Britain's best goalkeepers.

Last Updated: 20/05/13 at 16:38 Post Comment

Colin Doyle: Has played second fiddle to Jack Butland this season

Colin Doyle: Has played second fiddle to Jack Butland this season

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

The Irishman, who turned professional with City in 2003, last week signed a new two-year deal at St Andrew's which will keep him at the club until 2015.

After being behind Maik Taylor in the pecking order, Doyle established himself as number one towards the end of the promotion-winning 2006/07 season and started the following Premier League campaign between the posts.

But Taylor quickly regained control before Joe Hart was brought in on loan from Manchester City in 2009/10, with Ben Foster, Boaz Myhill and then Jack Butland subsequently taking the gloves in successive seasons.

Yet Butland's departure to Stoke means Doyle is set to fight it out with new signing Darren Randolph next term. The 27-year-old told the club's official website: "I hope this year I get a few more appearances.

"On a personal level, last year was frustrating because I only played three games, which were the cup games.

"I signed last summer thinking I had a chance of being number one because we knew there was an offer in for Jack (from Southampton) and I didn't know whether the club were going to accept it or not.

"I stayed and it was disappointing to get so few appearances, but Jack obviously did very well in the games he played last season. It just shows by where he is now that he'll move on to better things."

Doyle added: "It's not like I've been behind bad keepers, I had Maik (Taylor), then Joe (Hart) came in, then Fozzy (Ben Foster), Boaz (Myhill) and then Jack (Butland). They're all established international keepers."

Meanwhile, 18-year-old goalkeeper Nick Townsend has signed his first professional contract at Birmingham along with fellow youngsters Charlee Adams and Liam Truslove.

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

W

hy is the dinosaur trying to hold on to this.... Just leave... No one wants you in this position you corrupt loser. Let someone else take over....

arsenal121
Defiant Sepp blames minority

N

ow is the time for Allardyce to finally get a chance at a big club please. He is likely to have a number of great offers for his services this summer, but who will he choose? Will it be Liverpool, Real Madrid, Dortmund or Man City?

medina_sod
Allardyce leaves West Ham

I

thought exactly this when the Match of the Day pundits were peddling this line. Is it really not okay for fans of a club to have some ambition these days then?

damoceltic
Bored Of Big Sam? It's Your Right...

Footer 365

D-day for FIFA as Sepp Blatter opens 65th congress

Sepp Blatter has formally opened FIFA's congress on a day his critics hope could signal a new start for football.

FA chairman Greg Dyke calls for possible Russia 2018 boycott

FA chairman Greg Dyke wants UEFA nations to consider pulling out of the World Cup finals in Russia in three years' time.

Sepp Blatter vs Prince Ali: FIFA election explained

Will Sepp Blatter see off Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein? We explain how Friday's presidential vote works...

Mail Box

What Is It That FIFA Actually Do?

That's the question raised timidly by someone sat at the back of the room, whilst others remind that UEFA aren't perfect either. Plus a few more gone on to better XIs...

Time To Step Up, Mr Platini...

UEFA should step up and extend the Euros to replace FIFA's tarnished World Cup, say a couple of mailboxers. Also: all hail Carlo, King of the Kop, and plenty more Budget XIs...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company