Conor: Albion the biggest move of my career

ALBION new-boy Conor Townsend says his move to The Hawthorns is the reward for persistent hard work in the lower leagues.

The 25-year-old defender joins the Baggies from Scunthorpe United on a three-year-deal for an undisclosed fee. And his career has already seen him make over 175 professional appearances across every divison of English Football - and the Scottish Premier League.

Asked if Saturday's switch to The Hawthorns was his biggest so far, he said: "Definitely. It's a massive chance for me.

"I've worked hard throughout my career to get to this stage and I'm proud of what I've done so far.

"As a young player you always want to play at the highest level but sometimes the route isn't straight there and you have to do it the hard way.

"I've plied my trade in the lower leagues. To get a chance here is massive and I want to take it.

"I want to kick on now and hopefully get the Club back to the Premier League."

There were a whole host of clubs after Conor's signature. Why was West Bromwich Albion the place for him?

"As soon as I knew the Club were interested it was always the place I wanted to go," he smiled.

"It was a no-brainer coming here as soon as I spoke to the manager about what he wants to do with the Club.

"I've spoken to a lot of people who've been here and they've nothing but good things to say.

"I'm just delighted to finally get the deal done."

So what can the Hawthorns faithful expect from one of the Football League's top young prospects? 

"I'm attack minded," Conor added.

"I like to think I get up and down the pitch and try and affect the game going forward. I like to get crosses in.

"I've still got stuff to work on - as anyone has - so hopefully I can keep improving and help the team.

"You're always learning off everyone; players and coaching staff. Darren has a wealth of experience that I can tap into. Hopefully he can help me improve but it's also down to me to put the hard work in.

"The squad here is unbelievable and to come into that group is a privilege. But it's my job to get into the team and stay in it. I'm ready for the challenge."

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