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KEEPER DOYLE HANDED NEW DEAL

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Young Blues goalkeeper Colin Doyle has today put pen to paper on a new two-year contract to keep him at St. Andrew's until 2008.

The 21-year-old Irishman has yet to feature in the Blues first team but did gain useful experience in the Championship last season with Millwall playing in 14 games on loan at the New Den.

Doyle could not ultimately save the Lions from relegation however he did receive some rave reviews for his performances as the south east London club fought gamely to stay up after looking dead and buried before Christmas.

He also spent time on loan at League Two side Chester City and former Championship club Nottingham Forest during the 2004/05 season making one and four appearances respectively. 

Doyle is a Republic of Ireland youth international but he was forced out of this month's double header against Azerbaijan due to a knee injury.

With Blues' deputy goalkeeper Nico Vaesen out of contract at the end of next month and no offer of a new deal on the table, Doyle could rise up the pecking order to compete with Maik Taylor for the number one spot.

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Meanwhile, third year Academy scholar James Blake has also agreed his first professional contract with the club.

The 19-year-old defender has featured regularly in Keith Bertschin's reserve side during the last two seasons and has today committed himself to another 12 months at Blues.

We will have exclusive comments from Colin Doyle talking about his new deal later this afternoon on bcfc.com. 

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