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Laird: Let's do the business on Saturday

10 January 2013

Midfielder delighted to have signed permanently, and now wants to help fire Blues to promotion

Marc Laird is hoping to help Blues push for promotion to League 1 following his permanent move to the Club last week – starting this weekend against Exeter City.

Speaking for the first time since signing an 18-month deal here at Roots Hall, Marc says there was no doubt in his mind he was doing the right thing by joining the Club.

Marc said: “I was delighted to sign for the Club. There was no doubt whatsoever as I really enjoyed my loan spell and really want to help this Club to promotion.

“The lads have been fantastic and now it’s important that we really kick-on. Obviously I couldn’t play in the JPT but it’s great for the team and the confidence that the boys won that.

“We’ve got some crucial games coming up and they are coming thick and fast. Exeter are going to be a good side who cause us problems so we’re going to have to be at our best.

“They were in League 1 last season and have looked good this season, so it’s going to be tough. But hopefully we can do the business.”

Blues were unable to keep hold of Marc’s midfield partner Tamika Mkandawire, who returned to his parent club Millwall, but he has been impressed with young Alex Woodyard who has stepped in since Tam’s departure.

Marc said: “I really enjoyed playing with Tam. He’s an excellent player who sat in front of the back four and allowed me to push on.

“Alex has come in and he’s done really well. It’s important we talk to each other and make sure we’re working well.

“He likes to get on the ball and is a very good passer so we have to make sure that one of us is sitting, but he’s come in and done a good job.”

Marc is understandably disappointed that he can’t play in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, especially as Blues will now face his former club Leyton Orient – but he’s confident his new team can fire themselves to Wembley.

“Hopefully it will be a good game and we can get a good result,” he added. “It’s disappointing I can’t play but I’m sure the boys can get the win overall and get to Wembley.”

An interview with Marc will be on Blues Player on Thursday.

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