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Sammy ready for first team challenge

Striker ready to impress

GEORGIOS Samaras is ready for a regular run in the Albion side - claiming the busy winter schedule will benefit him and the team.

The Greece international has found opportunities hard to come by since his arrival during the summer.

'Sammy' claims the stop-start nature of the opening few months of the top flight  - punctuated by three international breaks - has not helped his cause.

With Albion now facing nine games in 36 days, Samaras believes Albion staff, players and fans might finally start to see the best of him.

He claims being left out of Greece's internationals during this month's international fortnight, against the Faroe Islands and Serbia, actually helped him.

"I was here for a few days, then off with the international team," said Samaras, who yesterday addressed children at the West House School in Edgbaston as part of The Albion Foundation.

"Then I trained some more, I got fitter and then again got call to the national team. 

"When you go out of the club’s ‘schedule’ then it's difficult. You don't get time to work on fitness or what the coach wants to do. 

"The moment I came back from Northern Ireland and Finland (in October) after a week I started to feel better. 

"From my point of view I was a bit upset that I wasn't picked for the national team (in November) but from the other side I had 10 days to work here and I got to play a friendly against Leicester.

"I'm feeling better and better all the time. My team-mates and coaches are now realising what kind of player I can be and things are a lot clearer now. Hopefully I can play many more games and start impressing the manager."

He continued: "December is a busy month. I have no problems with that. At Celtic from September until December we always had a midweek game because of European games or cup games so it's something I enjoy and love.

"It's easier to find rhythm as a team when you play more. When you have the international breaks you find you play a few times, have a break, play more games, then have another break. It's hard for the team to find a rhythm.

"I think this will be a good period for us. We have nine games in 36 days and I think it will be good for us."

Samaras has been happy with the support he's had from Albion's coaching staff.

"I don't like to be sat on the bench or sit in the stand - I came here to play football," added Samaras.

"But the support from the club has been good, not just from the gaffer but the coaching staff and everyone else. They have been patient with me, worked with me. The gaffer is a very honest guy. He tells you anything he needs to your face.

"I am very happy here but now I need to start playing football."