Keeper hoping to learn from international stoppers
LUKE Daniels insists working alongside three 'capped' goalkeepers was a key factor in him signing a new two-year contract this week.
The 25-year-old provides competition for England’s Ben Foster and Wales’ Boaz Myhill - under the stewardship of goalkeeping coach and former Republic of Ireland international Dean Kiely.
Daniels, who has experienced loan spells at Bristol Rovers, Rochdale, Charlton, Tranmere, Shrewsbury, Motherwell and Southend, is excited by the prospect of continuing to learn from his Hawthorns colleagues.
“I’m really pleased to have signed a new contract,” said Daniels.
“I’ve been working with Deano as a player and a coach for a long time now.
“Ben, Bo and I get on really well, too.
“We all push each other in training and it’s a great group to work in.
“It’s really enjoyable coming to work every morning and that’s another plus point.
“All three of the guys are full internationals and to be working with them on a daily basis is brilliant.
“I think Ben has shown he is one of, if not the best, goalkeeper in the Premier League this year and it’s great to see that on the training pitch every day.
“Hopefully, along with Bo, I can really push him and make him know that he’s got to do well to keep his place.
“I’m only 25. I’m not a kid anymore but I have got plenty of time.
“It’s not something that has to happen overnight.
"I have been quite patient over the last few years and I think I have developed a lot during my time here.”