Australian-born defender Shane Lowry has given his hopes of playing in the Championship next season a boost after scoring for Birmingham City in a preseason friendly on the weekend.
Lowry, who requested a release from Leyton Orient earlier this month, has joined ex-Perth Glory defensive midfielder, Rostyn Griffiths, in trialling with the Blues.
Lowry’s header inside the far post late in the game earned a wasteful Birmingham a 1-1 draw over Kidderminster Harriers.
The former Aston Villa and Millwall defender was brought on in the second-half as manager Gary Rowett put a number of trialists through their paces, including Griffiths.
The 26-year-old was a regular for Leyton Orient in their disastrous 2014-15 campaign which saw them relegated to League Two.
Orient’s coach Ian Hendon confirmed earlier this month that Lowry was on his way out despite having a year left on his contract.
"Shane's got a clause in his contract that if we got relegated he could leave on a free transfer,” Hendon told the Birmingham Mail.
“That was done before I came. Sadly I wasn't aware of that initially to be honest. His agent informed he would be leaving 100 per cent.
"On that basis there's no point Shane being out on the training ground because if he gets injured we've got an injured player for a year. Even though he's got a year left he's free to go.
"I'd like to keep him…”