Gary Rowett gives update on whether Birmingham City will extend Will Buckley's loan

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Will Buckley is currently on a one-month loan deal from Sunderland at Birmingham City.

Gary Rowett has told Birmingham City’s official website that he will try to extend Will Buckley’s loan at St. Andrews.

Buckley has signed for an initial month with Birmingham from Sunderland, but Rowett wants to extend the deal already.

Buckley has made two appearances for the Blues so far, and he scored in Rowett’s 3-0 victory over Ipswich Town at the weekend.

"We brought him in for the month (initially) as he's not been fit and played many games,” Rowett said. “It was the first time he trained for a couple of weeks when he came to us.

"But there's an opportunity to extend in the next couple of weeks and we will look to do that.

"It didn't go as well for Will at Leeds United [on loan in October] perhaps because of the change of manager.

"But they're the type of players I like. You can just sense the extra motivation. Will's motivated to do well, to prove to people, to reignite himself again, to show what he is like and get back to what he was like at Brighton.”

Buckley appears to have no future at Sunderland, as Sam Alardyce has clearly deemed him surplus to requirements.

The 26-year-old was sent out on loan to Elland Road earlier in the season, but he rarely played for the Whites and the deal was cut short.

Birmingham acted quickly to bring him to the Midlands after learning of his availability, and his positive initial impact suggests that the transfer could be an astute one for the Championship play-off chasers

Buckley has previously proven a dangerous weapon in England’s second tier, but he has not shown his best ever since moving to Sunderland back in 2014.

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