Sam relishing Cutler connection

SAM Johnstone is eager for the opportunity to work once more with Albion goalkeeping coach Neil Cutler.

The pair worked together earlier in Sam's career during a loan spell at Scunthorpe United and have remained in touch ever since.

He said: "I've worked with 'Cuts' before when I was younger and I've kept in touch with him. He knows how I work, I know how he works and hopefully he now pushes me to another level. I'm glad to be back working with him.

"He's told me this is a great place to be...the people at the training ground, the staff, the players, they make it a family club where everyone gets on.

"I've also spoken to a lot of people who had good things to say about the club. I was in the Midlands last year and I liked the's a good chance for me now to continue my career. I'm hopefully going to be here for a long time."

Johnstone went agonisingly close to promotion with our neighbours Aston Villa last season and returns to the region even more confident that he can make the leap forward with the Baggies.

"My aim is to do a job and help us get promotion straight back up where we all know this club belongs," he said.

"With the squad and the players here, we're not even talking about a Play Off final; we're talking automatic promotion.

"Don't misunderstand me. It's a tough league. It's like two games a week and everyone is fighting to either go up or stay up but the quality in this club and the experience puts us in a good place to go straight back up."

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