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Jay: "There's a lot more to come"

2 July 2017

JAY Rodriguez believes he has plenty more to offer as he settles into life with the Baggies on a new four-year contract.

Rodriguez is relishing a fresh start with Albion after signing from Southampton for an undisclosed sum.

He intends to make it the launch point for a new chapter in his career after a frustrating last 12 months with Saints which saw him claim five goals from nine starts and 15 appearances off the bench.

Rodriguez had broken into the England team and was in contention for the 2014 World Cup squad when an anterior ligament injury ruled him out for a year.

Now fully recovered, he's got his eyes on claiming more regular first team football under Tony Pulis, a man who clearly has a high regard for his talent having twice previously been thwarted from signing the Burnley-born striker.

"There's a lot to come from me," says Jay.

"I am fully over the injury but for whatever reason it didn't work out for me at Southampton last season.

"I worked hard, I was always willing to do extra work because that's always been my attitude and I was fully fit.

But that's football and you just have to deal with it.

"It's true that there is nothing like regular first team football for that extra sharpness. That's where you get your form and fitness from; playing regularly is the most important thing.

"But I've come through it and I am lot wiser for it. There's still a lot more to come from me and I want to continue to improve."

Jay will look to settle in the Birmingham area with his wife and two dogs as quickly as possible but the main focus now is on hitting the ground running with Albion and taking inspiration from the man whose signing preceded his, Jake Livermore.

"The target is to set our sights as high as possible and be the best that you can be – both as a team and an individual," he says.

"I obviously was close-up in the two Albion-Southampton games last season and I could see there was a blend of strong players and also flair players. I was impressed and I am buzzing to be joining the group.

"The team is full of top players and it's pretty clear that they are also a great set of lads.

"And you look at what has happened to Jake after he joined, getting back into the England squad. My aim is to keep improving, keep working hard and hopefully help Albion get better.

"If the England squad opens up for me again as a result, that would be fantastic."

Stay tuned to WBA TV for a full video interview with Jay Rodriguez later today.


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