Shinnie admits departing for Inverness for Birmingham difficult decision

Andrew Shinnie says the decision to leave Inverness Caledonian Thistle for Birmingham City was not one he took lightly.

Andrew Shinnie says the decision to leave Inverness Caledonian Thistle for Birmingham City was not one he took lightly.

The 23-year old midfielder will join the Brum on a three-year deal in the summer when his Caley contract expires but he admits he will leave Inverness with a heavy heart.

"It was a difficult decision and I thought about staying another year, but this is a great opportunity for me," said Shinnie.

"I just thought at my age, I will be 24 in the summer, a three-year deal in a good league like the Championship was the right decision.

"I have always wanted to test myself down south and I have a good opportunity to do that next year.

"Birmingham have always shown a big interest in me and watched me 15 times this season. I think they wanted to do something in January but, while that didn't go through, they made it known they still wanted me.

"They are a big club with brilliant training facilities, a good stadium and a great manager so they sold it pretty well to me."

 
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