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Saturday 10 December 2016

McClean said no to NYC

James McClean said no to NYC move
James McClean said no to NYC move

James McClean has revealed that he backtracked on a planned move to New York to sign up with West Brom.

McClean, hoping to feature in tonight's Euro 2016 qualifier against Gibraltar in Faro, was certain to leave Wigan in the summer after their demotion from the Championship, but he could have ended up in the Big Apple instead of the Hawthorns.

"It was basically a done deal until West Brom came in," he told FAI TV.

"I've played in the Championship for two years. I had at least 12 Championship offers to stay in the Championship, a lot of good clubs. But, for me, I've done the Championship, it's not where I want to be, it's not a nice league.

"The MLS was a temtping offer, I went over and saw the facilities and saw what they had to offer and where they would fit me in. I was almost ready to jump at the chance. Everything had been agreed and then West Brom came in. And as soon as West Brom came in it was a no-brainer.

"You want to test yourself against the best players. The way I decided was: if I was looking back at the end of my career, would I regret not going to the MLS? Not as much as the Premier League again," he added, stating the importance of this double header.

"Gibraltar and Georgia are teams we should be beating," he said.

"A couple of other teams have hit them for seven, they have improved a bit since then. We've got to treat them with respect. We need the three points coming back on the plane. Anything else will be a disaster," added the WBA man.

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