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Birmingham boss Eck happy to send Mutch to Hereford

Birmingham City boss Alex McLeish is confident Jordan Mutch will benefit from his loan at Hereford United.

The 17-year-old midfielder completed his move to the League Two outfit on Thursday and will remain with the Bulls until 2 January 2010.

"It is a good opportunity for him to go on loan just now," McLeish told Birmingham's website. "I think that will be good for him playing at a senior level every week. I am sure he will do well.

"It will sharpen him up and it will toughen him up as well."

Earlier this year Mutch signed a professional contract with Blues and McLeish has nothing but praise for the way the youngster coped with last season's injury set back.

He added: "To come through that, that kid, to do what he's done, sit in a wheelchair for two or three months - incredible.

"He has got to slow down as well because he's come back from a potentially career-threatening injury."

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