Six players leave Birmingham City as Chris Davies accelerates transfer rebuild

Birmingham City have officially parted ways with six senior players at the end of their contracts.

John Ruddy, Neil Etheridge – who has now signed for Thai champions Buriram United – Marc Roberts, Ivan Sunjic, Gary Gardner and Scott Hogan will no longer be contracted to Blues at the end of today.

Blues wished all six players, plus occasional first team right-back Marcel Oakley, well in a message on Sunday. Veteran striker Lukas Jutkiewicz was omitted and is expected to sign a new contract to take his St Andrew’s career into a ninth season.

The first team report for pre-season on Monday and Jutkiewicz is likely to be among the squad new manager Chris Davies can call on. Davies will take a look at the players he has inherited before deciding just how many new signings are required.

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Given the fact that Blues have lost 11 senior players, including five loanees, the bulk of their business is still to be done. Blues have only signed goalkeeper Ryan Allsop so far this summer.

Blues have been linked with Charlton striker Alfie May, but last season’s most prolific League One striker is wanted by Huddersfield Town too. Tobias Lauristen is also of interest to Blues, though the Norwegian striker has offers to play in Europe next season.

Davies faces a busy final two months of the transfer window and Blues’ rebuild should accelerate once pre-season begins.

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