Albion attacker Grady Diangana is confident his early summer preparations will help him become “quicker and stronger” as he targets an ascent on the Sky Bet Championship table this season.
The pacy wide player made 42 appearances for the Baggies last term - the most he’s featured in a single campaign since moving to The Hawthorns permanently during the summer of 2020.
A lot of hard work has gone into the pacy forward’s schedule prior to him heading out to Portugal for Albion’s pre-season training camp in June.
And Grady insists he’s raring and “ready to go” as he looks to gain important game time during July’s warmup matches.
He said: “It’s been very tough.
“There’s been a lot of running, but it’s good to get that in your legs so when the season starts it isn't a shock to the system.
“I made sure I was prepared for this and in the weeks building up to pre-season, I got myself ready so it wouldn’t be a shock to the system and I’m feeling ready to go now.
“Personally, just understanding my body and where I need to get to, conditioning my muscles to become stronger and quicker to be able to keep going game-after-game.
“We always have the mindset to compete at the top end of the division. Things didn't work out for us last season and, starting from now, we’re looking to put things right and finish as high as possible in the table which, hopefully, gets us promotion.
“We’ve played against the new boys who have come in a few times in the past. They’ve been working hard and me and Jed have been working hard together to get through the running and it’s been great getting to know them and they’re going to be great additions to the side.
“It's healthy having competition in this attacking places because it drives everyone to be the best they can, and getting the best out of everyone will help us as we look to try and gain promotion this year.”