Holgate hopes ‘experience’ will pay dividends

MASON Holgate hopes first-team experience gained at Everton can help benefit Albion in their promotion push.

The diverse 22-year-old already has 70 professional outings to his name, with the vast majority coming in the Premier League for the Toffees.   

And the defender, who is comfortable at centre-half and right-back, says he’s excited by the prospect of Darren Moore’s men fighting to secure top-flight football. 

“I think my favourite position is centre-back but I don’t feel uncomfortable in any of the back four,” Holgate said. “I’ve even played at left-back for Everton. 

“I’m happy to play in any of those positions but I do prefer playing centre-back. 

“I think, for my age and my position, I’ve played a lot of games. Most of them have been in the Premier League so I think that’s good experience that I can bring. 

“I’ve also played in League One on loan at Barnsley so I know what it’s like to play every Saturday-Tuesday and the physicality that’s needed.” 

He added: “The Championship is obviously a good league and the football we’re playing is good so I think where we are in the league speaks for that. 

“I’m massively excited and I can’t wait to get going. It’s an exciting league and I’m really looking forward to playing. 

“One of the reasons I was so happy to come here was because we’re playing for something. With the squad we have I think promotion is certainly achievable.” 

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