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New boy sets challenges

29 July 2015

Chester aiming for Albion progress

PROGRESS in the Barclays Premier League and a cup run is on James Chester's agenda as he prepares for life at The Hawthorns.

Albion's newest signing checked into his new surroundings for the first time since his move from Hull City.

The defender was part of the Hull side that reached the 2014 FA Cup Final against Arsenal - Chester scoring the opening goal after just four minutes in an eventual 3-2 defeat.

And he has set himself a challenge of not only helping Albion climb the division, but seeking progress in cup competitions.

"I'm back in the Premier League, which is where every player wants to be, and we want to push on to where we finished," said Chester.

"To reach a cup final is a big thing. It got everyone going in the city and around the club. It was wonderful to be involved with that.

"I don't think you realise how big it is till you get to a final - it pulls the club together and it's what everyone wants to achieve.

"We've been established in Premier League for a few years now so we need to aim high in the League and try to achieve success in the cups."

The coming campaign is a big one for Chester.

Apart from domestic ambitions with Albion, there is a small matter of Wales' Euro 2016 qualification group.

Chris Coleman's men are top of Group B and aiming to reach their first major tournament since 1958.

Chester, who has six caps, added: "It's a big year for me. Since joining the squad last summer it couldn't have gone much better. 

"Hopefully we can finish what we've started but first I want to fulfil ambitions here before then."

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