The Baggies had a disappointing first season back in the second division under both Valerien Ismael and Steve Bruce.
But optimism is growing that the 61-year old is building a side capable of competing for promotion over the next 12 months.
Key transfer additions such as Jed Wallace and John Swift could have a transformative impact on the team’s fortunes.
All of the squad’s pre-season preparations have led to this upcoming fixture at the Riverside.
Before then, take a look at all the latest West Brom news headlines you may have missed…
Bruce content with defensive options
The Albion boss has claimed that he is pleased with his options at centre back for the season ahead.
The club currently has Semi Ajayi, Dara O’Shea and Kyle Bartley as their only fit central defenders.
But Bruce believes no new additions are needed for the rest of this transfer window.
Kean Bryan is also a member of the first team squad, but is someway short of full fitness as he recovers from rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament late last year.
Jake Livermore and Okay Yokuslu have also been highlighted as players who could step into the role in defence if needed.
Callum Robinson update
Preston North End and West Brom are still someway short on their valuations of the Albion forward.
Robinson is a transfer target for the Lilywhites as the forward seeks a move away from the Hawthorns this summer.
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Ryan Lowe is interested in signing the 27-year old, as the team looks to improve its options in attack.
But a fourth spell at Deepdale is not looking to be an option just yet, with no transfer agreement being made between the two clubs.
Elliot Anderson competition
The Newcastle United youngster has attracted interest from 12 clubs looking for a loan move this summer.
The 19-year old excelled with Bristol Rovers in the second half of last season, which has caught the attention of at least six EFL clubs.
That includes West Brom, who face competition from both the Championship and League One in order to secure the services of the forward.