ALBION fought off competition from a host of clubs to sign England international defender Joleon Lescott in June 2014.
The centre-half, who officially joined on a Bosman transfer the following month, penned a two-year contract plus a further performance-related year’s option.
He arrived at the club as a free agent having seen his five-year stay at Manchester City end with a second Barclays Premier League winners’ medal in three seasons.
Lescott, who has 26 England caps to his name, also lifted the FA Cup and League Cup during his time at the Etihad Stadium and boasts a wealth of experience in European competition.
He became Alan Irvine’s first signing less than a week after he was announced as the Baggies’ new Head Coach – with the pair reunited following their successful time together at Everton.
Lescott, 6ft 2in, was scouted by Wolves as a youngster and made his senior debut, aged 17, against Sheffield Wednesday at Molineux in August 2000.
Fans voted him young player of the year, an accolade that was repeated the following season.
He helped Wanderers reach the Premier League by beating Sheffield United 3-0 in the 2004 play-off final at Cardiff but had to sit out the next season after major knee surgery, and the team were relegated.
He returned to fitness to claim the player of the year award and was snapped up by Everton for £5million, making his Goodison Park debut in August 2006.
Regular accolades followed, particularly in 2007/08 when he weighed in with ten goals in all competitions.
On the international scene, Lescott won caps at Under-18s, Under-20s, Under-21s and England B levels before being called up for the senior squad by Steve McClaren in September 2007. He made his debut as a substitute in a 3-0 win over Estonia a month later.
In August 2009 City splashed out £22million for his services.
He was a strong contender for England's 2010 World Cup squad but his 2009/10 campaign was disrupted by injury and, when he missed the last nine games of the season, Fabio Capello omitted him from his 30-strong provisional squad.
Lescott returned to the fold under Roy Hodgson for Euro 2012 and was one of the Three Lions' most consistent performers during his three appearances in Poland and Ukraine.
Former Baggies boss Hodgson had clearly been impressed with the partnership Lescott had formed with Vincent Kompany in City's title-winning campaign in 2011/12, with the pair contributing to the best defensive record in the division.
He found fewer opportunities coming his way in his final two seasons at the Etihad Stadium due to the signings of Matija Nastasic and Martin Demichelis.
In total Lescott has made 538 career appearances, including 30 as a substitute, scoring 39 times prior to his Albion switch.
LAST UPDATED JULY 8, 2014