Defender pens four-year deal
JAMES Chester has today completed his move to The Hawthorns from Hull City.
The 26-year-old has signed a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee after undergoing a medical and agreeing personal terms at Albion's training ground on Tuesday.
Wales international Chester, a former Manchester United player, will wear the No.4 shirt during the 2015/16 Barclays Premier League season.
Traditionally a centre-half, Chester can play across the back four. He was due to train with his new team-mates for the first time today.
Baggies head coach Tony Pulis cited a glowing reference from Hull boss Steve Bruce, as well as staff close to the Welsh national team.
Pulis said: "James did very well for Hull City. I've had a good chat with him and he's the type of player I like.
"He's young, a strong character, a good defender, he has good feet and he has the Manchester United stamp all over him, just like (Stoke City's) Ryan Shawcross and Darren Fletcher. They're wonderful lads and I'm told James is as well.
"From the people I spoke to, like Steve Bruce and people in the Welsh party...they speak very highly of him.
"Steve especially gave him a great mention and there is no better accolade than Steve Bruce giving a defender a good drum roll.
"James is a good player who can play anywhere along the back line and I'm confident he will get better with age.“
On transfers in general, Pulis continued: "We're trying to bring in others, but they have to be the right players.
"We're very pleased to have James on board and hopefully we can work hard to get more in."
Chester, born in Warrington, started his career at Old Trafford and made one first-team appearance.
The defender came off the bench in the club’s League Cup semi-final second leg success over Derby in January 2009, lining up alongside new Baggies team-mates Ben Foster and Darren Fletcher.
Chester went on to enjoy a brief loan period at Peterborough the following month and a subsequent spell at Plymouth in 2009/10.
He spent the first half of the 2010/11 campaign at Carlisle, where he made 24 appearances and scored four goals - his first in professional football.
Chester duly attracted the attention of Championship club Hull in January 2011 and completed a permanent move to the KC Stadium.
He went on to become a regular fixture in the Tigers’ first team over the next two-and-a-half seasons, missing just a handful of league games, as the Humberside outfit secured promotion to the Premier League in 2012/13.
The player made his top-flight debut in August 2013 and ended the campaign with an FA Cup runners-up medal to his name - his well-taken goal opening the scoring against Arsenal at Wembley before an agonising 3-2 extra-time defeat.
He went on to make his debut for Wales in June 2014, starting a 2-0 defeat in Holland. He has made six international appearances to date.
Chester got another season of Premier League experience under his belt last term, along with a taste of the Europa League, as the Tigers suffered relegation back to the Championship.
He made a total of 171 appearances for Hull, finding the net eight times.
*CHECK out Chester's exclusive first interview at wba.co.uk later today...