History of the shirt: 24

Rekeem Harper became Blues’ first signing of the January transfer window this week.

The combative midfielder has signed on loan until the end of the season. Upon joining up with his new teammates at the St. Andrew's Trillion Trophy Stadium, Rekeem will wear the number 24 shirt.

But who, down the years, has also donned number 24 for Blues? Here’s a reminder of a few faces that you may have forgotten…

Alvaro Gimenez – 2019/20

Former Almeria forward Alvaro Gimenez joined Blues in the summer of 2019 and was handed number 24 on arrival. Funnily enough, that’s also the number of Championship appearances he made during his time at the Club, where he scored three goals.

Born in Elche, Gimenez began his career with his hometown team, playing for a trio of other Spanish sides before making the switch to Blues and England. But he returned to Spain on the final day of the January 2020 transfer window, signing on loan for Cadiz CF, who opted to make the move permanent in the summer after they won promotion to La Liga, the top flight of Spanish football.  

Tom Adeyemi – 2013/14

After his release from Norwich City at the end of the 2012/13 season, Tom Adeyemi signed for Blues in June. He was joined by the likes of Darren Randolph, Kyle Bartley and Andrew Shinnie in the transfer window and was given shirt number 24.

Powerful and Athletic, he remained a key part of Lee Clark’s team that season, scoring his first goal for Blues as we defeated League Cup holders Swansea City 3-1 in the third round.

Awarded vice-captaincy towards the end of his time at the Club, Adeyemi was sold to Cardiff City after one season at St. Andrew's. He’s now without a team having most recently played for Ipswich Town.

Will Packwood – 2012/13

Born in Massachusetts, America, Will Packwood joined the Blues academy when he was just 14-years-old. He came through the ranks and eventually made his first team bow in August 2012 in the League Cup, wearing the number 24 shirt.

His first-team appearances began picking up under Lee Clark before he broke his leg in an FA Cup clash at Leeds United in January 2013. His broken tibia and fibula were a result of an awkward landing after an aerial challenge and the injury kept him out for several months.

Loan spells to Bristol Rovers, Cheltenham Town and Colchester United would follow but he left Blues in 2015. After his departure, he trialled with the New England Revolution in America but failed to earn a deal. Will has since stopped playing football professionally and works as an Investment Banking Analysist for Goldman Sachs in the States.

Radhi Jaidi – 2006-2008

Tunisian veteran Radhi Jaidi joined Blues from Bolton Wanderers in the summer of 2006 and was handed number 24. He spent three seasons with Blues.

But it was back in his homeland where he played for most of his career - eleven years spent playing with Esperance. Jaidi quickly enhanced his reputation by playing in over 250 games during his six-year spell at the Stade Olympique de Rades.

After retiring, Jaidi returned to Southampton to coach the Under-23s after a spell at St Mary’s as a player but more recently, Jaidi had been in charge at USL Championship outfit Hartford in America. He left his position in October 2020.

Alex Bruce – 2005/06

Alex Bruce inherited the number 24 shirt from Darren Carter in the summer of 2005, who’d worn it the season before. Alex was signed by his Dad Steve, who was manager of Blues at the time.

A couple of loan moves to Sheffield Wednesday, Oldham Athletic and Tranmere Rovers would later follow that season before Blues were relegated to the Championship at the end of the campaign.

He left for Ipswich after just twelve months at St. Andrew's, enjoying the longest stint of his career to date at Portman Road, where he went on to make over 100 appearances in four years.