Gary Rowett admits time is running out for Alex Jones at Birmingham City

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Alex Jones is likely to leave Birmingham City on loan in the coming weeks.

Gary Rowett has admitted to Birmingham City’s official site that Alex Jones’ time at St. Andrews is running out.

Jones was brought to Birmingham from West Bromwich Albion last summer, but he has struggled to make an impact with Rowett’s side.

The 21-year-old forward is yet to make his debut for Birmingham, and Rowett suggests that he will be sent out on loan to gain some first team experience in the coming weeks.

“He's 21 or 22 so at some point he's got to be closer to our team or otherwise he's got to prove it elsewhere," Rowett said.

“I think we'll now look for another team for him."

Birmingham had arranged for Jones to move to New Zealand side Wellington Pheonix on loan last month, but the deal fell through.

An administrative error cost Jones the chance to make a switch, and Rowett admits he is disappointed that the transfer didn’t work out.

"It's always difficult because for him it's frustrating mentally as he thought he was going to get an opportunity and he's gone all that way and had to come back," Rowett added. 

“He was guaranteed to play rather than going out into the Conference."

If Jones is to break into Birmingham’s team, he has a number of players that he will need to move ahead of in the pecking order.

The Blues have the likes of James Vaughan and Clayton Donaldson competing for a striking place in their first-team at the moment. 

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