Birmingham City have confirmed the loan signing of Auston Trusty.

The 23-year-old defender was signed by Arsenal for £1.8 million in January from Colorado Rapids but was immediately loaned back to KSE’s MLS franchise for six months.

The club said at the time of his signing that the intention was to loan him to a side in Europe for the 2022/23 season to further progress his development.

On his unveiling, Auston said: “It feels great! I am honoured, I am blessed, I am excited for the new chapter and the new challenges. I am just really really happy to be here.

“I am a centre-back. I am willing to run, to get stuck into challenges and willing to sacrifice for my teammates. That is the kind of player you are getting from me and are getting for the team.

“I know it is going to be a challenge, I know the intensity is going to be tough. I am just really looking forward to it.”

We’re assuming his future at the Emirates will be closely tied to his fortunes at St Andrew’s. If he can’t cut the mustard in the Championship, it could prove difficult to persuade Mikel Arteta to take a punt on him this time next year.

Let’s see how Auston gets on. Best of luck to him.