A photo of Albion defender Cedric Kipre ahead of the 2023/24 season
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Kipre has gained plenty of first-team minutes both at and away from The Hawthorns during his time with the Baggies.

Cedric was allowed to join Welsh outfit Cardiff City for the 2022/23 season. The defender was an ever-present for the Bluebirds in the Sky Bet Championship, making 43 appearances during his spell over the border.

Cedric enjoyed more involvement at The Hawthorns during the 2021/22 season after spending the second half of his first term at the club on loan at Belgium side R. Charleroi.

Under fellow Frenchman and former boss Valérien Ismaël, Cedric gained valuable game time in an Albion shirt. The centre-half started the first game of the campaign against AFC Bournemouth and went on to rack up 17 appearances over the course of the year, scoring his first Baggies goal against Peterborough in January 2022. 

Albion completed the signing of centre-back Kipre on a four-year deal from Wigan Athletic in September 2020.

The French-born defender, who has previously been called up to the Ivory Coast senior squad having also represented Les Éléphants at Under-23 level, linked up with the Baggies ahead of the 2020/21 Premier League campaign.

Kipre’s football education started in the PSG academy before a move to Leicester City’s youth set up in 2014. He featured for the Foxes in the FA Youth Cup, Premier League 2 and the EFL Trophy.

While at the King Power Stadium, Kipré spent time out on loan at Corby Town but his contract with Leicester came to an end in the summer of 2017.

He joined SPFL side Motherwell following his release and excelled up in Scotland, playing 52 times for The Steelmen.

His performances north of the border were enough to earn the powerful and athletic defender a move back down to England with Kipre signing a three-year deal at Wigan in August 2018.

He made 40 appearances in all competitions during his first season at the DW Stadium, playing in both league games against the Baggies, helping the Latics finish 12 points above the drop zone.

Kipre made 36 appearances in the Sky Bet Championship for Wigan last season, scoring one goal against Birmingham City on New Year’s Day.

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