Boaz Myhill today insisted he is ready for the challenge of pushing England’s most in-form goalkeeper after signing a new two-year contract with West Brom.
The Wales international penned a deal that includes a one-year option, despite playing second fiddle to Hawthorns No 1 Ben Foster for the last 18 months.
Myhill admits his chance will only come in Foster’s absence – but insisted he will push the England man all the way.
The 30-year-old said: "I’m delighted to have signed. It’s a great positive for me to be offered a new contract and I’m thankful to the club, head coach and staff for the support they have shown me.
“I have played 70-odd Premier League games and it’s a big ambition of mine to play more.
"I’m obviously well aware of how good Ben is. He’s gone from strength to strength this season and the challenge is for me to be ready when I’m needed.
“Hopefully, that’s what I’ve done so far.”
Myhill joined the Baggies for £1.5m from Hull in August 2010 but has largely been reduced to the role of understudy to Foster and, previously, Scott Carson.
The former Villa trainee has made just 20 appearances for the Baggies and spent last season on loan at Birmingham as part of the deal that took Foster to the Hawthorns but he is highly-respected at Albion.
Myhill said: “Steve Clarke has seen something in me he likes. He says when he needs me to play I have his trust, which is massive for a player and why I signed this contract.
“It’s a great challenge for me here. It’s as good a club as you could ever hope to work at – and that’s why I have chosen to stay here.”