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Bartley loaned to Birmingham

Birmingham City have signed Swansea defender Kyle Bartley on a season-long loan deal.

Last Updated: 02/07/13 at 18:19 Post Comment

Kyle Bartley: Swans defender loaned to Birmingham City

Kyle Bartley: Swans defender loaned to Birmingham City

The 22-year-old only featured twice for the Swans after his move from Arsenal last summer, spending more than three months on the sidelines with a thigh injury.

His chances of regular playing time this season were not helped by the recent signing of Espanyol centre-back Jordi Amat and Swansea have opted to send him out on loan to gain more first-team experience.

Bartley was regularly loaned out when he was with Arsenal, having two spells with Sheffield United and Rangers.

"It's great news. As soon as my agent mentioned the move then I was all for it because this is a massive club with a massive fan base. I know the manager well and he's a really good young manager who matches the club's ambition," Bartley told the club's official website.

The Blues have also been linked with a move for another Premier League defender, Fulham's Dan Burn.

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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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