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Baggies new boy targets twin success

23 June 2015

McClean aiming for trip to Euro 2016

A SUCCESSFUL Premier League campaign, followed by an early-summer trip to France is on James McClean's wishlist for 2015/16.

Albion's first summer signing checked into his new surroundings in more ways than one.

While the move was in the final throes of being finalised, McClean headed off to The Hawthorns club shop to buy some Albion shirts for friends and family back home in Ireland. 

With the essential shopping done, McClean is now ready to tackle life at Albion.

He was already given a glowing endorsement of the club by Callum McManaman and Craig Gardner before his arrival.

And when he finally gets to meet the rest of his team-mates he will be mindful that he will be rubbing shoulders with Scotland duo Darren Fletcher and James Morrison.

Both Scotland and McClean's Republic of Ireland are vying for qualification for next year's Euro 2016 from Group D - a group, also featuring Germany and Poland, which is arguably the toughest of all.

The two nations drew 1-1 a few weeks ago, leaving Scotland in third ahead of Martin O'Neill's men. Both nations can still qualify for next summer's European Championships, which are being staged in France.

Yet McClean remains confident of success - both domestically and on the international scene. 

"This season is a big one for me," said McClean. 

"I've played in the Premier League before and I know the levels, demands and the expectation.
"I want to grasp this opportunity. I had some good times and bad times with Sunderland. 

"But I feel like I've still got a lot to offer in the Premier League and I'm determined to show that. 

"I get on well with Callum and I know Craig Gardner well from Sunderland too. I've been chatting to them about it. They told me it was a great club with a brilliant manager whose record speaks for itself. I want us to push on next season. 

"I want to be playing at the highest level too to ensure I give myself the best chance of being involved at international level.

"We have some big games coming up with Ireland. It's still very much up for grabs.

"To have a good campaign with both would be fantastic."

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