David Stockdale has hinted be did not expect to leave Albion.

The new Birmingham keeper said things had not worked out as he thought they would as he neared the end of his contract.

Now be is ready to embrace a new challenge at St Andrew’s and competition for a place with Tomasz Kuszczak, the keeper he succeeded at the Amex.

Speaking in an in-house interview, Stockdale said: “I was out of contract and some things don’t work out how you think they are going to work out.

“But I’m on to a new adventure. The fans at all the clubs I’ve been at will tell you I give 100% and I’m passionate about whatever I do.”

Stockdale said he was impressed by the ambition and team-building plans of Blues boss Harry Redknapp.

He revealed Redknapp wanted him to add a “strong mentality” to the squad.

Birmingham only just stayed up last season after sliding down the table under the command of Gianfranco Zola.

Stockdale said: “When they started they were on fire. Everyone was saying there was a chance of going up.

“It’s not that you brought in a bad manager, it’s just that sometimes things don’t click.

“Sometimes it doesn’t happen straight away like at Brighton in the first year I was there. It’s all good now. They stayed up and they can push on.”

Redknapp, whose signing of Stockdale has taken even close followers of Birmingham by surprise, today revealed he had made a "fantastic" offer to departing Chelsea skipper John Terry.