England striker signs two year deal
ALBION have completed the signing of Rickie Lambert from Liverpool for an undisclosed fee.
The England international has penned a two-year deal and goes straight into the squad for the tonight's game at Bristol Rovers.
Lambert underwent a medical this morning and will travel to the Memorial Stadium with a view to facing his former club.
He has been handed the No.17 shirt for the 2015/16 Barclays Premier League campaign.
Tony Pulis spoke of the influence Lambert can bring to his squad.
"Rickie is a good, strong, solid player who is a great character, good in the dressing room and good on the pitch," said the Albion head coach.
"We are very pleased to have him on board.
"He's a player of great pedigree and we look forward to integrating him into our squad."
Lambert, born in Kirkby, started his career in Liverpool’s Academy before making his professional debut for Blackpool in 1999 aged 17.
He was offered a contract with Macclesfield Town towards the end of the 2000/01 campaign, registering his first professional goals for the club, before successful moves to fellow lower league sides Stockport County and Rochdale.
Bristol Rovers beckoned in 2006 and the experienced striker spent three years at the Memorial Stadium, finding the net 59 times in 155 appearances.
His scoring exploits alerted Southampton, who pounced to snap up his services in the summer of 2009.
Lambert proved to be prolific at St Mary’s as he helped spearhead Saints from League One to the Premier League, scoring a stunning 88 goals in just three seasons.
His impressive record and accolades did not dry up once plying his trade in England’s top flight, bagging 15 times in 2012/13.
Lambert’s eye for goal and all-round play led to an international debut with England in August 2013, and a memorable one at that, stepping off the bench to head home with his first touch of the ball in a 3-2 victory over Scotland at Wembley.
Two more goals for the Three Lions followed in that campaign, plus a further 14 for Southampton, and he was duly rewarded with a place in England’s World Cup squad in Brazil, appearing as a late substitute in the group stage defeat to Uruguay.
Lambert’s exploits clinched a move to boyhood club Liverpool last summer, however he was used sparingly at Anfield in 2014/15 and made just seven league starts.
*COMING LATER: Stay tuned to wba.co.uk for the first interview with Rickie Lambert.