Birmingham City boost as Gary Rowett confirms that talks over extending his contract have begun

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The former Burton boss is determined to build something special at St Andrew's, having ignored interest from two Championship clubs in recent times.

Birmingham City boss Gary Rowett has confirmed that he and his coaching staff have already opened discussions with the club about extending their contracts at St Andrew's, the Birmingham Mail report.

Rowett has performed wonders since joining the Midlands side from Burton Albion. The Blues were in the Championship's relegation zone when he took over just over a year ago, but now find themselves sixth in the table. And he confirmed that he had been discussing a longer deal for the past few weeks.

"We have been talking to the club for five or six weeks about potentially solidifying that relationship going forward for me and my staff," he said.

"Nothing has really changed for me, we are happy here, we are happy with the job we are doing.

"Certainly going forward, contracts not just with myself but the staff as well, the situation is the club have recognised where we were 12 months ago," he added.

The news that their manager wishes to commit his future to the club will be a huge boost to Birmingham fans, given that Rowett has been linked with the managerial vacancies at Championship rivals Fulham and Queens Park Rangers in recent weeks (in the Mail). 

However, the retired defender is confirming how much he believes in the project that the club are undertaking, by rejecting interest from two sides that have been in the Premier League more recently, and working on a new deal with his current team.

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