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Thursday 14 December 2017

Andrews' Brom bid

Baggies pay cut no problem for Keith

HE'S out of pocket but happy to be out of the cold.

Keith Andrews has revealed that he was so desperate to get away from Blackburn Rovers that he walked away from a lucrative 18-month Ewood Park contract to sign a short-term deal with West Bromwich Albion.

Andrews, who was ineligible to play for the Baggies in last night's 1-1 draw with Fulham, is in line to make his debut against Swansea on Saturday, and the 31-year-old is just delighted to be away from Ewood Park after a nightmare spell with the club.

"It just shows my desperation to get away from Blackburn," Andrews said.

"I've walked away from an 18-month contract to join West Brom on a six-month deal. Some people will see that as a risk but I just want to give it a right go and then we'll re-address the situation in the summer.

"There wasn't room in West Brom's budget for me to sign any longer so I've only got a deal until the summer.

"Roy Hogdson assured me that if I do well I'll be looked after, but there are no guarantees about that. It was a big call but I have got to have confidence in myself and I know I had to be playing, with the Euros coming up.

"Playing in the European Championships means everything to me. The money didn't come into it, it was a footballing decision. I spoke to Giovanni Trapattoni about it and he told me it was a fantastic move," added Andrews.



Respect

"I didn't think I was shown the respect I deserved.

"I have a huge amount of respect for Roy Hodgson and his side plays good football. They have a system and a style of play that I think will suit me.

"I've had to adapt my game over the last few years. For my country, I play a more defensive role where we play two sitting in front of the back four. At club level, I've sometimes had the licence to get forward and chip in with some goals.

"I haven't spoken to him (Hodgson) about it yet but whatever the role, hopefully I can get into the team and show all the sides of my game."

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