Gary Rowett assures Birmingham's fringe players that they will be given their chance to prove themselves for the Blues

The Blues boss is planning to use as much of his squad as possible in the coming months.

Gary Rowett has assured Birmingham City's fringe players that they now have the opportunity to prove themselves before they make any decisions on their future, the Birmingham Mail reports.

The club have a relatively small squad, so Rowett has insisted that anyone currently in the side has the chance to show what they can do before they consider letting any players go. However, he also hinted that they would consider loaning players out if it was in their best interests.

"Certainly anyone in the building at the moment has an opportunity to play and be a part of what we do," Rowett told the Mail.

"But alternatively if they are not playing for a long period of time I will always look at whether we can get them a chance to play."

With an already thin squad, the last thing Rowett probably needed was to lose his brightest prospect. However, Demarai Gray's move to Leicester City will provide players like Viv Solomon-Otabor with the opportunity to prove himself on a much more regular basis.

And the side is set to be boosted after the Birmingham Mail reported that James Vaughan's loan from Huddersfield is set to be extended until the end of the season. 

While Rowett has plenty of confidence in the current group of players - even the ones that have not played frequently for the club this season - he will probably be hoping that Vaughan is one of several arrivals at St Andrew's this month. The club are in a great position in the Championship, and an excellent run could see them move into the play-offs. However, their task is set to be a lot tougher if they are unable to add their squad during this window. 

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