QPR signing Vine: I had no chance at Birmingham

QPR signing Rowan Vine admits he had no chance of re-establishing himself at Birmingham City following Alex McLeish's appointment.

"A few of the lads at Birmingham probably felt that under a new regime they might get a chance, as I did," said Vine. "I had one chat with him, which lasted about two minutes.

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"He said he had never seen me play and although it might seem a bit harsh, I would not be needed. He wants players he knows already or fancies, and many managers are like that when they come into a new club.

"I admired his honesty, I couldn't argue with it, although obviously I didn't necessarily agree with his opinion. I would love to have had a chance to impress him, but that wasn't going to be happen.

"I've probably fallen victim to the fact that I was out on loan when he came here. He's been able to have a look at a lot of players in the games so far but I wasn't around, and he made his mind up about who to keep and those he is familiar with to bring in.

"I'm just happy that I've come out of it with my reputation still in tact and I've joined a club where I know I'm wanted and where I'm going to play."

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