Three players Birmingham boss Gary Rowett should keep hold of

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With many players out of contract at the end of the season who should stay at St Andrew's?

Birmingham City go into the closing weeks of the season with several players out of contract at the end of the campaign and unsure of their St Andrew's futures.

The three loanees - Rob Kiernan (Wigan), Robert Tesche (Nottingham Forest) and Lloyd Dyer (Watford) will all be due to return to their parent clubs where they all face uncertainty of their own.

They are joined by first-teamers such as Darren Randolph, Jonathan Spector and Paul Robinson amongst others whose contracts will be up at the end of the campaign. Financial restrictions allied with Blues manager Gary Rowett's aim of paring down the squad mean that not everyone will be offered a new deal. Here are three players who we think should be offered new terms.

1) Darren Randolph

Blues 'keeper Darren Randolph has played nearly every single league game since he signed for Birmingham City from Motherwell, only missing one through suspension following a red card against Bolton Wanderers in October.

Although he has some faults - for example he's too susceptible to be beaten at his near post for a top class 'keeper - Randolph has been one of the main reasons Blues have been able to compete (and stay up) in the Championship despite the financial restrictions placed upon them. At 27, his best years as a 'keeper are probably still to come, and his wages are at a level which means that Blues can offer him a new deal that is superior to the one he is on and yet remains within their tight wage budget.

2) Rob Kiernan

While Rob Kiernan is contracted to Wigan until 2017, the 24-year-old defender is very much out of favour at the DW Stadium under Malky Mackay and could well be available to Birmingham City this summer for a nominal fee in the same way Michael Morrison was.

The Rickmansworth-born utility player has the versatility to either play in central defence or in central midfield and has been steady at Birmingham City since making his debut. His current partner in central defence Jonathan Spector has been the team's "utility player" for the last few seasons, but his injury record and wages (Spector is the highest paid permanent player Blues have) make it unlikely the American will be kept and as such Kiernan would be a good replacement within the squad for him.

3) Robert Tesche

German midfielder Robert Tesche is another player who is only on loan at Birmingham City but his Nottingham Forest contract expires at the end of the season. While Forest do have a year's option on Tesche the rumour is that option would double Tesche's wages and with the midfielder out of favour with Dougie Freedman it doesn't seem feasible he'll be retained.

While the Blues do have a surfeit of central midfielders, Tesche is one of the most cultured passers that they have and since he has joined the club he has impacted virtually every game he has played with an insightful pass or assist that has led to an opening or a goal. Although Tesche won't come cheap he would come with the advantage of knowing the club and would undoubtedly fit straight into next season's team.

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