Marc Albrighton expressed his delight at signing up for a fresh new challenge in his career after joining Albion on loan until the end of the 2022/23 season.
The winger left Leicester City to link-up with Carlos Corberán’s side for the second half of the Sky Bet Championship campaign, completing the move late on transfer deadline day.
Albrighton boasts Premier League and Emirates FA Cup winners medals, over 300 top-flight games to his name as well as appearances in the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League.
But never before has he experienced a promotion battle in the Sky Bet Championship, something which the Baggies are hoping to be involved in towards the latter stages of the term.
And that proposition, matched with the opportunity to fight for regular action on the pitch once again, is why Albrighton sees the Albion as a perfect fit.
He said: “It’s been a strange couple of days really if I’m honest with you.
“I first heard about Albion’s interest in me about two or three days ago and I wanted to get it over the line.
“These things are like a rollercoaster though. One minute the deal is on and the next it’s off. It’s great to finally be here. I’m a bit relieved if anything.
“You’ve got to try and be as relaxed as possible. I woke up this morning and went and trained with Leicester City as I would normally do, so it’s quite strange to be sat here now as a West Bromwich Albion player.
“The way that the club have turned things around in recent months is certainly one of the reasons why this is such an attractive proposition. The fight and the challenge from now until the end of the season is another, and something I’m really looking forward to being a part of.
“It’s a club with ambition and they want to get back into the Premier League. If I can help towards that, then fantastic.
“I’ve never had an experience of fighting for promotion before and that’s something that excites me.
“I’ve really enjoyed my time at Leicester and it’s a fantastic club, but I’ve gone through a spell where I’ve not been playing regular football.
“It’s not something that I’ve really been able to deal with well and I felt like I needed a fresh, new challenge. I want to come in here and show people that I can still play at a good level. It’s exciting for me.
“I have kids that want to come and watch me play on a Saturday afternoon and they haven’t been able to do that recently. I’d love to get back out there and play as much as I can for them. I also have some friends who are big Albion fans who’ll be thrilled when this news gets released.
“It’s a challenge I’m really looking forward to.
“There’s quality here in the squad. The manager has the players playing to their potential. It’s an exciting group to come into and I’m hoping I can be a bit of a boost too.
“I’ve done my research and I know how West Bromwich Albion play. It definitely suits my game. It’s a given for me to come in and work hard, and if my quality is there on the ball too then I hope it can be a recipe for success.
“I like to train hard and put everything into winning, whether that’s in training or in a game. With me not playing much recently, training was my games, so training for me was always really competitive.
“Every day I want to be competitive. Every day I want to win training games. That’s my way of leading and trying to pass on my experience in the game.”