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West Brom sign Brighton goalkeeper David Button

West Bromwich Albion have signed goalkeeper David Button from Brighton for an undisclosed fee.

David Button has signed a two-year deal at West Brom
David Button has signed a two-year deal at West Brom

The Baggies confirmed the transfer this morning, ahead of a behind-closed-doors pre-season friendly against the Seagulls this afternoon.

Button has signed a two-year deal at The Hawthorns and will provide competition for number one keeper Sam Johnstone, as well as Jonathan Bond, who has agreed a new one-year deal with the club.

The 31-year-old has previously played for Spurs, Charlton, Brentford and Fulham before moving to Brighton for £4 million in 2018.

“I have ambitions of playing and helping the team as much as possible but I obviously understand that Sam has got them promoted last season so he will start the season,” Button said.

“It’s up to me to push him and show the manager what I can do and take my chances when I get them.

“Hopefully there’ll be things I can bring to the squad certainly. I’m quite calm and comfortable with my feet too and commanding in my box so I’d say they’re my main strengths.

“Last season West Brom were always good to watch and have some really nice attacking players. Off the pitch as well I’ve heard a lot of good things about how close everyone is and I’m looking forward to getting to know everyone and being a part of that.

“The goal this season is to be successful and from a personal point of view I’m ambitious and want to play as much as I can so I’ll be pushing Sam and making sure if I’m not playing then he’s playing well so that can only benefit everybody.

“We’ll all be pushing to bring the best out of each other.

“As soon as I heard they were in for me I was delighted and now it’s over the line and signed I can’t wait to get going.”

Albion play Brighton at the Amex this afternoon and Yeovil in a home friendly on Tuesday before starting their Premier League campaign against Leicester at The Hawthorns next Sunday.

Sporting and Technical Director Luke Dowling said the club had been keen to have two keepers challenging Johnstone, with Jonathan Bond the other back-up stopper.

“He’s got a good record, good experience, is a good goalkeeping age and fits the bill perfectly,” he added.

“We wanted to strengthen the department to push Sam on but also add another keeper who will want to go further than that and claim the shirt for himself.

“It’s a question of the three keepers challenging each other to get better every day and help keep up that intensity in training.”

Button has played for one Midlands club in the past - joining Shrewsbury Town on loan in the 2009/10 season.

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