columnist Steven Woodgate feels that Birmingham's signing of Carr is a
shrewd bit of business.
Birmingham City have plucked a real stunning capture as they
have coax Stephen Carr out of retirement to sign an initial one month deal
after being on trial.
The right back had been without a club since his release
from Newcastle but will now look to resurrect his career in the Championship.
Carr made 44 appearances for the Republic of Ireland and is
still at a relatively young age of 32 to make a real difference.
It is surprising that no club gambled on Carr as he has
plenty to offer. A wealth of Premier League experience and a winning League Cup
medal as well as playing alongside many big names surely he would have been an
asset to any team.
Birmingham have added a determined right back to their
ranks, one that can offer good defensive cover as well as attacking options.
He is known for his long-range efforts; most notably the
screamer he scored passed Manchester United will come to the mind of many.
Carr went through the ranks at Tottenham before joining
Newcastle for £2 million back in 2004 signing for then, boss Sir Bobby
Kevin Keegan decided against renewing his contract at the
end of last season as injuries, like many other professionals, have been Carr's
downfall but if he can get match fit and playing regularly, he would be one of
the better right backs in the Championships.
Birmingham have themselves a
potential gem of a player.