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Birmingham opt out of Barclays Premier Reserve League

Birmingham City will not play in next season's Barclays Premier Reserve League, reports the Birmingham Mail. Club officials have instead decided it will be more beneficial to set their own behind-closed-doors matches and occasional second-string games.

The decision, which will also help cut down on travelling, will then be reviewed at the end of the 2010/11 campaign.

"This is about being bespoke, having a plan that works best for Birmingham City with regards to supporting the manager, Alex McLeish," explained reserve team coach Malky Thomson.

"We are trying to develop players that will be available for the manager to choose from for first-team fixtures.

"First and foremost our aim is to keep those first-team players who haven't played on a Saturday fit but we are also extremely keen to give our up-and-coming younger players the best possible platform to impress and push on too.

"Playing alongside senior players at a venue of our choice and at a more appropriate time can only be of benefit.

"Having to travel to London, or sometimes even further, on a weekday night is not only far from ideal but with the manager's busy schedule it's also often difficult for him to take in reserve games. Under this system the players looking to catch Alex's eye will be able to."

Blues will still compete in the Birmingham Senior Cup and FA Youth Cup.

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