Tesche targets play-offs with Birmingham

Nottingham Forest's Robert Tesche in action with Leeds' Luke Murphy

The German midfielder signed for the Blues today on a free transfer from Nottingham Forest

Forest's Robert Tesche in action with Leeds' Lewie CoyleTesche has joined Birmingham City

New Birmingham City signing Robert Tesche has told the Blues' club website that he is hoping to help Birmingham move higher up the Championship table and into the playoffs after agreeing a deal to join the club from Nottingham Forest.

The German midfielder agreed a three-year deal at St Andrews earlier today, and will join the club officially at the end of the month when his contract with Nottingham Forest expires.

Managerless Forest elected not to keep Tesche beyond his current deal, including him on their released list alongside Chris Burke and Kelvin Wilson.

Nottingham Forest's Robert Tesche in action with Leeds' Luke MurphyTesche was not offered a new deal at Forest

Tesche joined the Reds from Bundesliga club Hamburger also on a free transfer in 2014, becoming a regular feature in Stuart Pearce's Forest side at the City Ground, before losing his place when Dougie Freedman was appointed in March.

It was then that Tesche joined Birmingham City on loan, and he made quite an impression, scoring twice during his 12 game spell.

He was close to a permanent deal with the Blues, but after impressing Freedman during pre-season of last year, he was given another shot at life at the City Ground, however, after the former Palace boss' departure, Forest were unwilling to offer him a new deal.

Picture Supplied by Action ImagesTesche is targeting the playoffs with his new club

But now the German has secured a permanent switch to Birmingham City, and he is targeting a play-off push with Gary Rowett's side.

"First of all, in the first year I have to play well and help the team," he told Birmingham City's club website.

"It's a long season of 46 games so it will be tough but we have to see how we start the season and then we can build on those first games.

"If you start the season well it's good for everything. You have good motivation and self-confidence and you can build on that and maybe win a game 1-0 because of the one or two per cent extra that you have.

"I hope that I will have some good years in Birmingham. I want to stay fit and help the Club get to the next level. That's my first target.

Birmingham manager Gary RowettThe German midfielder is the first piece of business to be done by Blues manager Gary Rowett

"Over a long period of time we want to get higher and get to the play-offs. Then maybe get promoted - although it's a long way."

Tesche, now 29, is Birmingham City's first signing of this summer's transfer window. 


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