Striker moves to City Ground on three-year deal
SIMON Cox has today joined Nottingham Forest for an undisclosed fee.
The Republic of Ireland international has penned a three-year deal at the City Ground – where the Baggies won 2-0 on Friday night in their final pre-season friendly – after passing a medical.
Cox emerged as a popular figure at The Hawthorns after becoming the first signing of former boss Roberto Di Matteo’s reign three years ago but found first-team chances hard to come by last season.
He would have faced even more intense competition for a striking berth this term following the arrivals of Markus Rosenberg and Romelu Lukaku.
Sporting & technical director Dan Ashworth said: “I would like to place on record my thanks to Coxy for his great service to the club.
“He has a fantastic attitude which I think is best summed up by the fact he did not miss a single game through illness or injury.
“Coxy scored plenty of vital goals during our promotion-winning season in 2009/10.
“He also made a major contribution to the club retaining our Premier League status during the second half of the following season, including his memorable goal at Tottenham, which helped him break into the Republic of Ireland team.
“With Shane arriving last summer, Peter continuing to score and Marco also doing well, it became tougher for Coxy to get game time last season and we’ve now brought in Markus and Romelu.
“We’ve had lots of interest in him this summer and this is a good move for him and his career.
“He joins Nottingham Forest with our best wishes.”
In total, Cox, who underlined his versatility by operating in midfield, made 46 starts for the club, plus 33 as a sub, and scored 18 goals.