Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 18 December 2014

Albion bag Shorey

Nicky Shorey
Nicky Shorey

West Brom have signed former England full-back Nicky Shorey.

The 29-year-old has signed a two-year contract with the Baggies, who have the option of a further year, after moving from Aston Villa for an undisclosed fee.

"I'm delighted to welcome Nicky to the club," said West Brom boss Roberto Di Matteo.

Shorey, who will face competition from Slovakia international Marek Cech and former England Under-21 defender Joe Mattock for the left-back spot at the Hawthorns, is Albion's fifth summer signing after Pablo Ibanez, Steven Reid, Boaz Myhill and Gabriel Tamas.

"He's an experienced, solid, reliable left-back who likes to get forward and get involved," added Di Matteo.

"I also like the fact he's English and knows what the Premier League is all about.

"He's a player I've liked for some time.

"I've very much signed Nicky to compete for the left-back position and I have some good options down that flank as Marek can also play further forward.

"Nicky's arrival will not only increase competition but also means we will have options should we suffer injuries or suspensions."

Shorey, who has played in all four divisions of English football, started his career at Leyton Orient before in 2001 joining Reading, with whom he won promotion to the Premier League. He joined Villa in 2008 but found first-team chances hard to come by and spent time on loan at Nottingham Forest and Fulham last term.

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