West Bromwich Albion have today (July 16) announced the signing of former Swansea City defender Kyle Bartley.
Bartley had been a long term target for West Brom, and they have beaten off Leeds United in pursuit of the 27-year-old.
Bartley’s arrival at the Hawthorns will be greatly received by Baggies fans. The recently relegated side have already lost Jonny Evans and Gareth Macauley this summer, and Craig Dawson looks set to leave the club in the next few weeks.
The former Arsenal and Rangers man has experienced life in the second tier of English football following a successful loan spell at Leeds United back in 2016/17.
And it seems that Bartley plans on drawing his time at Elland Road at his new club. Speaking to the club’s official website about the move, he said: “I’ve got good experience of the Championship; I know what it takes and how long the season is.”
“It’s hard and it’s important to have players who are aware of the ups and downs and are able to maintain a consistent level. I like to think I’m a leader, a committed player who will always give 100 per cent. I play with my heart on my sleeve.”
Many people had believed that he would sign for Leeds United on a permanent basis, but Bartley said that it was a no brainer for him when he heard that West Brom were interested.
“I’m over the moon,” said Bartley. “I found out about the opportunity over a week ago and I’ve been eager to get here and get it finalised.
“After speaking with Darren I knew this was the place I wanted to be. He let me know his ideas for the season and the next few years, his ambitions for the club and he told me about the fan base and the facilities. It was something I was eager to be involved with.”