The clouds over David Stockdale’s Birmingham City career remain unclear, and there are multiple developments that have taken place recently. There have been offers on the table for Stockdale. An inside source told We Are Birmingham, however, that Blues are insisting the offers they have received are not acceptable.
At the end of last season, Stockdale was informed that he was no longer to be included in the first team’s plans, and that he would train with the U18’s until something suitable came up.
In regards to the rumours that the stopper has been frozen out due to bonuses and other financial reasons. It has been widely agreed by fans that his removal from the squad has been down to his sizeable wages, but we do not believe this to be the case.
His total exclusion from the ranks is allegedly down to primarily the manager’s opinion, with the ‘keeper still being around everyone at the training ground as normal, other than the fact he is training with the U18 squad.
Stockdale has been out on loan to both Southend and Wycombe, the latter of who he was playing well for when his emergency loan was unexpectedly cut short when both he and Wycombe thought it would be extended.
Just want to clear it up. The reason I said “unfortunately “ is because I was enjoying my football and both me and Wycombe thought it was going to be extended until their GK was back fit. Birmingham have decided not to extend the loan. I was frustrated as I’m back with u18s.
— David Stockdale (@stockogk1313) November 29, 2018
It is understood that Stockdale is eager to be back involved with the first-team, but it appears that the chances of that happening are next to nothing.
Clubs have offered to take Stockdale on loan, but the club has turned them down meaning that Blues have ultimately ended up paying the full amount of his wages – if this doesn’t give the indication that it’s not down to financial reasons, nothing will.
Despite what’s going on in his football career, Stockdale has remained humble, generously helping out in the Birmingham community.
What a great day, big thanks to @stockogk1313 , me & Debs met him today & he bought all the tools needed to get Dale back into employment. Very humble & genuine kind man he is,down to earth,didn't want praise,but he deserves it,thanks again pal @BCFC #bcfc pic.twitter.com/LynrwliHWY
— Geoff_Horsfield (@Geoff_Hors_Foun) January 9, 2019
The future remains unclear and with his future seemingly out of his own control, the 33-year-old is in danger of having his prime years taken away from him.