The Hungarian is enjoying life under Steve Clarke
ZOLTAN Gera says the departure of Roy Hodgson has in no way given him second thoughts about returning to his beloved Baggies.
The Hungary star jumped at the chance to be reunited with both Albion, where he was a fan-favourite during his previous four-year spell, and Hodgson, under whom he flourished at previous club Fulham, last summer.
But although Hodgson has moved onto pastures new with England, Gera has no regrets about returning to the Black Country and says he is excited about working under new head coach Steve Clarke.
Gera, who missed the final six months of last season with a knee injury, has been taking a full part in the team’s pre-season training in Sweden.
Last night’s tour opener at Malmo came too soon for him – but he is edging closer to a return to action.
“I made a decision last summer to come back to West Bromwich Albion because I had many good years here,” said Gera, speaking at the team hotel in Malmo.
“Roy did bring me back but I've had lots of coaches in England and never had problems with them.
“Of course, I am happy for Roy. He got a great job – the best in England.
“But we need to move on and I don’t feel I’m a worse player because he’s left.
“The new gaffer has got great experience. He has worked with some very good managers.
“Training has been very good and he's a nice man.
“Hopefully, we can continue what we've built up over the last few years.”
Gera is now solely focussed on returning to full match fitness and battling for a place in Clarke’s team.
“I am fine now,” he added.
“Everything is good. I'm getting better, stronger and fitter.
“I like challenges.
“I have extra motivation to get back in the team.
“The squad is strong, with lots of competition for places, but I still feel I have the energy and quality to get back into the team.
“Hopefully, I will play as much as possible, keep fit and stay clear of injuries.”
Gera may have turned 33 this year, but the saying ‘you’re only as old as you feel’ has probably never been more appropriate than where the ‘Magic Magyar’ is concerned!
“I don't feel 33,” he insisted.
“I don’ feel old. I actually feel like a young man – a young player!
“I just want to show it.
“I feel good and am getting fitter with each session.
“I had a very good recovery from my injury
“The physios and doctors looked after me really well.”