Birmingham boss Eck delighted with McFadden commitment

Birmingham City boss Alex McLeish was delighted to hear James McFadden would stick with the club if they were relegated.

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McLeish said: "It is great that James has said he will stay. He has nailed his colours to the mast.

"He has come here, I would hope, for the long haul. He sees the potential of the club.

"When he first came here, he was really on fire and he has been through a lot in the last three or four weeks. Getting a knee injury at this stage wasn't ideal for the boy or the club.

"But he came back and turned up for work only 16 days after the operation and that tells you everything about the attitude of James.

"He is the type of person and player I would like to have at Birmingham City.

"I'm still positive in terms of the outcome this weekend and we have seen many twists and turns on the last day of a season in years gone by.

"But if it doesn't go as we plan, then we need people like McFadden to help us make an assault at whatever level we are playing at."