Birmingham City have confirmed the signing of Scott Hogan for an undisclosed fee. The 28-year-old has penned a four-year deal with the Blues. Hogan returns to the St. Andrew’s Trillion Trophy Stadium with high enthusiasm following a successful loan spell last season.
Birmingham City Sign Scott Hogan on a Four-Year Contract
Lots of Loans
Born in Salford, Scott Hogan began his senior football career in non-league. His first professional contract came with Rochdale. A few years later, the attacker joined Brentford, where he was able to show his true potential. With the Bees, Hogan managed 21 goals in 36 appearances over two and a half years.
This performance earned him a move to Aston Villa in January of 2017 for £9 million. That year, Villa were in the Championship having been relegated from the Premier League. At his new club, he only managed 14 goal contributions in 61 matches. After failing to reach expectations, his loan journey began.
The Ireland International spent three short stints on loan, at Sheffield United, Stoke City, and Birmingham City. At the latter, he scored seven times in 17 appearances, making a big impact in the second half of the 2019/20 season. Hogan won Championship Player of the Month in February.
Blues boss Aitor Karanka was impressed and decided to bolster his attacking options by offering him a permanent move, making him their eighth signing of the window. He will wear the number 9 shirt and will look to once again link up with Lukas Jutkiewicz in attack.
Earlier this year, Hogan spoke of joining permanently, saying: “I have made friends there, they have made me feel at home so I will be happy to do it if it comes about.
“I always thought I could do it but it’s just about getting regular games and I have not had that for two or three years now so it’s been tough. I got off to a good start and it seems to have gone from there.”
Birmingham started their competitive season on the wrong foot, with a defeat to Cambridge United in the EFL Cup first round. Fortunately, their first league game ended in victory, 1-0 over Brentford, with the goal coming from French forward Jérémie Bela. They now prepare to take on Swansea, who have also won their first match in the Championship.