Former Premier League pair Jordon Mutch and Cyrus Christie are training with Birmingham City ahead of the new season.
Manager John Eustace refused to be drawn on whether or not the two would sign for the club on a permanent basis in the coming weeks simply claiming that they were both their for fitness but with the current numbers - or lack of - within the Birmingham first team - both could prove smart bits of business if the deal is right.
Mutch started his senior career with Blues back in 2008 and has most recently been turning out for Australian side Macarthur FC whilst Christie spent last season on loan with Championship rivals Swansea City before being released by parent club Fulham this summer.
The former has had an incredibly turbulent career since leaving the West Midlands. After impressing with Cardiff City, he earned multi-million-pound transfers to two Premier League clubs in QPR and Crystal Palace but after failing to establish himself at either, his career tailed off.
The last few years have seen him play his trade in America, Norway, Australia and even South Korea but he now finds himself unattached and training at Wast Hills.
Christie on the other hand has been an established Championship full-back for the majority of the last decade. After linking up with Fulham in 2018, he helped the Cottagers win promotion to the Premier League later that season.
The last two years has seen him play his trade out on loan with Nottingham Forest and most recently Swansea City before his contract in West London expired this summer.
What’s been said?
Speaking on a potential permanent move for the two, Blues manager said:
“No, no expectation. I’ve played with both the players you know, they’re my friends.
“They aren’t attached at the moment so they’ve come in and got some fitness. We’re short on numbers today. So they’ve been training, that is it.
“They needed decent training time because they haven’t been training anywhere. So you know, as I say, I’ve played with both of them. That’s the reason, no more - just come in and get some fitness.”
Whilst Eustace was very coy in his response simply claiming they were in for fitness, club captain Troy Deeney did drop the T bomb when referencing the two in a later interview.
“Look at the lads who are coming here on trial - good solid pros,” he said.
“Mutchy made me feel old because he was with me at Watford in 2009. I was like how are you only 30? It feels like he should be 50!”