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Thursday 14 December 2017

Andrews is tempted by longer stay at Baggies

KEITH Andrews has landed on his feet at The Hawthorns and with two goals in two games is already feeling the benefits of regular football.

After dawdling all day in the Blackburn Rovers canteen during the final hours of the January transfer window, and fearing for most of it that he would be stuck at Ewood Park for the foreseeable future, Andrews was just relieved to find a way out in the end.

"It was very close alright. I was sitting there and right up to seven o'clock it didn't look great, although I would have got a loan to a Championship club easily enough," he said.

Andrews eventually signed on at The Hawthorns for the rest of the season, but after goals in successive appearances for West Brom, is now looking at a longer deal.

"I would certainly be open to a longer deal," said Andrews. "I have come here to play for a head coach I want to play for and a club I believe is run well and has a good set of lads that I enjoy coming in and working with every day."

For Ireland, Andrews is more than aware of the growing competition for places in Giovanni Trapattoni's squad and has shrugged aside a groin injury to declare himself fit for the Czechs.

"It's just a little bit sore," said Andrews, who had groin surgery last season. "I have to look after my groins after last season when I missed so much.

"There are only going to be 23 on the plane and competition will be rife. Everyone is aware of it and it keeps us on our toes.

"This game against the Czechs won't be a friendly. People will be staking a claim for a place in that squad."

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