Di Matteo delighted to bag Shorey

09 August 2010 05:22
West Brom have completed the signing of Aston Villa full-back Nicky Shorey for an undisclosed fee in the wake of Martin O'Neill's resignation.[LNB] Shorey has signed a two-year contract with the Baggies, who have the option of a further year, and will face competition from Slovakia international Marek Cech and former England Under-21 defender Joe Mattock for the left-back spot.[LNB]"I'm delighted to welcome Nicky to the club," said West Brom boss Roberto Di Matteo.[LNB]"He's an experienced, solid, reliable left-back who likes to get forward and get involved.[LNB]"I also like the fact he's English and knows what the Premier League is all about.[LNB]"He's a player I've liked for some time.[LNB]"I've very much signed Nicky to compete for the left-back position and I have some good options down that flank as Marek can also play further forward.[LNB]"Nicky's arrival will not only increase competition but also means we will have options should we suffer injuries or suspensions."[LNB]Shorey, who has played in all four divisions of English football, started his career at Leyton Orient before in 2001 joining Reading, with whom he won promotion to the Premier League.[LNB]He joined Villa in 2008 but found first-team chances hard to come by and spent time on loan at Nottingham Forest and Fulham last term.[LNB]Shorey won two England caps under Steve McClaren in 2007 in friendlies against Brazil and Germany.

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