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West Brom sign free agent Wes Hoolahan

By Matt Wilson | West Bromwich Albion | Published:

Albion have completed the signing of midfielder Wes Hoolahan on a short-term deal.

Wes Hoolahan (pic courtesy of WBA/AMA)

The 36-year-old former Norwich ace has agreed terms on a deal which also contains the option of an extension in January,

A free agent since being released by the Canaries at the end of last season, Hoolahan trained with Albion during the international break.

Moore said: “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.

“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.”

Hoolahan arrives after a 10-year career with Norwich which saw him feature in three promotions and four Premier League campaigns.

Moore added: “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.”

Matt Wilson

By Matt Wilson
Football MMPJ - @mattwilson_star

Sports reporter at the Express & Star, who primarily covers West Bromwich Albion.

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