West Bromwich Albion recruit Adam Reach has described his move to the Hawthorns as the biggest challenge of his career to date.
Reach left Sheffield Wednesday earlier this summer as a free agent after five years of service, which concluded in the Owls’ relegation into League One.
His time with Wednesday had began with ambitions of chasing promotion, which is the remit at West Brom under new boss, Valerien Ismael.
That was referenced by the versatile midfielder as he spoke out following his arrival.
“It’s clear that West Bromwich Albion is a very ambitious club,” Reach said, as quoted by the club’s official media.
“I share those ambitions of wanting to play in the Premier League.
“It’s the most exciting challenge of my career and it’s certainly the biggest challenge of my career.
“I pride myself on making a lot of appearances for clubs. I want to make plenty of appearances here and have my best years here. I just’s cant wait to get started.”
The 28-year-old has agreed on a three-year contract with the Baggies, keeping him contracted to the club until at least the summer of 2024.
Reach is capable of playing across the midfield, as well as left-back or, more specifically for Ismael, at left wing-back.
His time at Wednesday saw him make 210 appearances in the Championship, scoring 21 goals and registering a further 31 assists. That included an outstanding 2018/19 campaign, which saw Reach score eight goals and register seven assists.
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Reach sounds like he’s fully focused on nailing this opportunity West Brom have handed him.
The way Sheffield Wednesday declined during his time as a player was alarming, but he really stepped up time after time with his goals and assists contributions.
Ismael will like his versatility and what he can offer the project at the Hawthorns.
The added ambition that he’s got to make this move work out is a real bonus for the Baggies. He describes it as the biggest challenge of his career and the fact he wants Premier League football aligns with what West Brom want.
It looks, and sounds, a really good fit.
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