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Sunday 20 January 2019

Confirmed: Wes Hoolahan completes move to West Brom

Wes Hoolahan has signed for West Brom
Wes Hoolahan has signed for West Brom

Wes Hoolahan has completed his short-term move to Championship side West Brom.

The former Irish international midfielder has been out of work since leaving Norwich at the end of last season and joins the Baggies as a free agent until January.

"In the end, it wasn't a difficult decision because Wes's quality was there for all to see and he brings great experience and greater options to our group," said West Brom boss Darren Moore.

"We had a look at him over three or four days. He is a great pro and I think everyone knows the quality he possesses. He gives us more depth and fantastic experience.

"The agreement is short term but there is the potential for Wes to stay longer if things work out. I'm delighted to get him here.

"We've got seven games in 21 days in October and we are going to have to manage the squad to cope with the demands of that schedule. Every single player will be important to us."

Moore added that he has no concerns about signing a 36-year-old with a history of injury problems.

"I know that when people hear about players arriving in their mid-30s they have a perception of that player being past their best.

"I believe that thinking has got to change. I know what it's like to play into my mid-30s and the areas of sports science and medicine have developed even further since my day. I can tell you these guys now in their mid-30s are in great shape and can still handle the physicality.

"I've got no concerns about Wes on that score. He will get even better with game time but in terms of his general fitness he has satisfied all our demands."

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