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The Birmingham City cast-off who has got ‘a hell of a lot better’ and is breaking new international ground



Former Birmingham City trainee Joe Redmond has been involved in the Republic of Ireland Under-21s for the first time. The centre back, who was released by Blues at the end of last season, was called up as a late replacement for Tuesday night’s match with Sweden.

He was an unused substitute Ireland’s 2-0 victory and although he did not play, his belated selection is evidence of further progression for the 22-year-old who has become a key part of the St Patrick’s Athletic line-up. He joined the Inchicore outfit after signing from Drogheda at the end of last season.

Since then he has played every minute of their first seven games and following the failure of Derby County’s Eiran Cashin to gain international clearance was added to Jim Crawford’s squad for the game in Borås.

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U21s boss Crawford said: “I had Joe when I was with the U18s, and I think he has got a hell of a lot better. He’s had an unbelievable start to the season at St Pat’s and has been in fantastic form.

“He is a real defender and reads the game really well. His distribution of the ball is good too, and that is what we look for in a defender that we are bringing into the group.”

Redmond had first agreed to sign for St Pat’s U17s back in 2016 but instead opted to sign for Blues when the opportunity came up. He never made a first team appearance for Blues but did play in the U18s team that reached lost to Chelsea in the FA Youth Cup semi-finals in 2018.

He also captained Blues’ U23s to the Professional Development League title in May 2021, in what turned out to be his last appearance for Blues.

Speaking about that time earlier this month he said: “There was a lot of changes there, you could be doing well and on the fringes of the first team under one manager but then they are gone and you start afresh under a new manager. Football is about opinions and the new manager might not like you as much.”

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