âIâm 26 now and this is the time (in the Premier League) for me and Iâll be doing my utmost to make sure it works out,â said the Blues new boy.
âI know Iâll have a fight on my hands â but people said I wouldnât cut it in the Championship and some said I wouldnât even make it as a professional. I proved them wrong and Iâm happy to keep doing it if I have to. It wonât be easy but this is the challenge I wanted.
âIt was a big thing for me and I wanted to be sure this was right but in the end I just wanted to play Premier League football. Everyone has their opinions and Iâm sure there are some people who reckon I wonât cut it at that level.
ââBut the fact is you will never know if you donât take your opportunity.â
Johnson has also revealed that he put a call into his pal and ex-Cardiff colleague Michael Chopra, a known top-flight flop, before agreeing to join Alex McLeishâs troops to discuss the perils of playing in the Premier League with the striker.
âI spoke to Chops about the deal and he just said to me I had to go for it,ââ he told the Birmingham Mail.
ââIt was difficult for him up there (at Sunderland) and, for whatever reason, it didnât work out for him the way he would have liked. But he had that experience of playing in the Premier and thatâs something that you strive for.
âHe told me I had to take the chance and I think thatâs the mentality of most of the lads.â