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Bartley in profile

KYLE Bartley joins Albion with a whole host of experience at the top level of both English and Scottish football.

The central defender began his youth career at Bolton Wanderers before signing for Arsenal, where he captained their reserves team and was part of the 2009 side that lifted the Premier Academy League and FA Youth Cup. 

After making his professional debut for the Gunners in the Champions League against Olympiacos in the same year, he departed for his first loan spell when joining up with Sheffield United towards the end of the 2009/10 campaign.

Stockport-born Kyle impressed the Blades enough to return for the first half of the following season, ahead of a move north of the border to sign on loan for Rangers in the January transfer window.

It was at The Gers where Bartley netted his first senior goal, and he continued his stay at Ibrox by agreeing a season-long loan there for the 2011/12 campaign.

A permanent move to Swansea City followed in August 2012, though he made five appearances during his first season in South Wales and subsequently went to Birmingham City on loan for the 2013/14 season.

He netted five times in 19 showings for Blues before his spell in the Midlands was cut short by Swansea to add defensive cover for a squad competing in the Premier League, Europa League and FA Cup.

The 27-year-old played eight times for the Swans in the 2015/16 campaign and then spent a successful season at Leeds United the following year, making 50 appearances and scoring six goals for the Elland Road side.

Ten appearances in a frustrating final season at Swansea took Kyle to a career total of over 170 matches in the Premier League, Championship and Scottish Premier League, as well as a number of caps for representing England at youth level.

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