The first interview | Torbjørn Heggem

Torbjørn Heggem sat in the gym being interviewed by WBA TV

Torbjørn Heggem has expressed his excitement at the thought of throwing himself into life at the Albion following his “dream” move to England.

The Norwegian defender has signed a three-year contract at The Hawthorns, departing Swedish club Brommapojkarna.

Heggem believes the switch is a “big step” in his career, but insists he’s relishing the challenge of competing at this level of football.

The 25-year-old said: “It feels really great to be here. 

“Of course, it’s a really big step for me coming to England from Norway and Sweden, but I’m really looking forward to the challenge and I can’t wait to put on the shirt.

“English football has always been the biggest thing in Norway. 

“To play in England is a dream for every boy growing up there and hopefully I will achieve that now I have signed. I’m really looking forward to that.

Torbjørn Heggem sat in the gym being interviewed by WBA TV

“The move actually came about really quickly. I first heard about Albion’s interest in me maybe about one week ago. 

“My agent called me after training and said that they wanted me and later that night, I was talking to the head coach, Carlos Corberán.

“It’s all happened pretty quickly and I’m really happy about that. I haven’t thought too much about it, I just felt it was the right thing to do from the very start.”

Torbjørn Heggem sat in the gym being interviewed by WBA TV

Torbjørn was impressed by Corberán’s “ambition” during their first conversation. 

The newcomer says it’s at a level which matches his own.

“I feel like the head coach is very ambitious. He was telling me about his training ideas and the way he wants to coach. 

“He really wants to get the best out of every player and I think that will suit me well.

Torbjørn Heggem controlling a ball with his chest during training

“I’m an ambitious player, so I think it will be a good match. 

“I’ve been watching a lot of Albion in the past week or so and it’s impressed me a lot, I have to say. 

“It’s a really good level and I think the style of play has impressed me. You can see the team is good with the ball and has a lot of really good ideas.

“From what I’ve seen, it all looks really good and I’m excited to start.”

Torbjørn Heggem passing a ball during training

Heggem, who stands at 6ft 3in, is comfortable playing in a number of positions and has a determination to showcase his capabilities as soon as possible in an Albion shirt. 

“I’m a defender, even though I can play left-back and in the centre of midfield. I can also play right-back, but my favourite position would be on the left side of a three at the back.

“We changed a lot at my last club and I played in almost every position at the back and also at left wing-back. I feel comfortable in a lot of positions.

“I’d like to think I’m good with both feet and I’m quite an offensive player at the back. I like to take players on and I also like to defend. I’m pretty tall and I’m not afraid to go into duals. 

“I want to show what I can do here and I’m excited to get going now.”

  • Interviews
  • Heggem