Lowry to entertain all options

Australian Shane Lowry may have made his Birmingham City debut on the weekend but says he’ll be assessing his options in the January transfer window.

Lowry, 26, made his debut from the start at left-back in Birmingham’s 1-0 win over Cardiff City in the Championship on Saturday.

The appearance had been a long time coming for the Perth-born defender, who signed with the Blues in September after an average 12-month stint at Leyton Orient.

Lowry, who has played a handful of Birmingham reserves’ matches, said his promotion came out of the blue, but following a minor injury to regular left-back Jonathan Grounds.

The ECU Joondalup product said despite the opportunity, he would be keeping an open mind in January.

“Obviously I haven’t played many games this season, so I’ll have to look at my options in January,” Lowry told FourFourTwo.

“I only have a deal until the end of the season. You never know what’s going to happen in football.

“It came as a surprise that I was playing to begin with, because I haven’t really been involved this season.

Lowry added:“I’m not closing the door on anything. I don’t know what’s going to happen or what the club’s plans are in January, whether they want to bring more players in.

“I could have a run of games, so I wouldn’t have a clue. It changes very quickly.”

Lowry said there had been no indication from manager Gary Rowett whether more opportunities would be forthcoming after his debut.

However, with the busy festive schedule in the Championship, Lowry’s opportunity shows he is in the mix.

Lowry admitted he did find the going difficult upon his return.

“That was my first competitive game since April,” he said. “The last game I actually played was for Leyton Orient.

“In all the reserves games I’ve played, I’d been playing as a centre-half, so that was my first game at left-back and they had some tricky wingers.

“It was difficult but I enjoyed it at the same time.”

Lowry’s partner is from Birmingham and the couple will celebrate their son’s first birthday on Christmas Day.

The ex-Republic of Ireland youth international is settled in the United Kingdom.

He said the Birmingham move ticked a lot of boxes at the time of the switch, but securing his future was paramount.