TYRONE Mears says he is ready to prove himself to the Hawthorns public and “fight for a place” in Darren Moore’s starting XI.
The experienced full-back put in an assured performance as the Baggies battled their way past Mansfield Town in the Carabao Cup second round.
And Mears, who played alongside Moore at Derby County, admits the Albion Head Coach played a big part in his return to English football after ending a spell at Minnesota United.
“It was great to get 90 minutes. Obviously, I’m still getting over the jet-lag, but I’ve felt better each day I’ve been here, which is good,” he said.
“Knowing Darren has been very important to me coming here as I had to cancel my deal in America. This would have been my fourth season out there and I was enjoying it. It’s a league that’s definitely getting better.
“I’ve played with the gaffer before and I know what a wonderful job he has done up to now.
“I knew him as a player but also as a good man. He’s very trustworthy, honest, hardworking and that’s what he expects from his players.
“It’s a great opportunity to come here and fight for a place. We’ll see what happens.
“I’m here to push the guys in front of me. If I can get in the team and keep my spot then that’s great.
“I need to make the most of this move as it is short term and I’ve got to impress people.”