West Brom sign Scotland midfielder Darren Fletcher



West Brom have signed Scotland midfielder Darren Fletcher on a free transfer from Manchester United. The 31-year-old had been United’s longest-serving current player making 342 appearances for the Old Trafford side, but after a serious illness he fell down the pecking order at the English Premier League side starting just five times for Louis van Gaal’s side this term.

Fletcher had been linked with a host of clubs including Valencia, Celtic and West Ham United. But West Brom snapped the former Scotland captain up on a two and a half year deal, with the option of a further year after he completed a medical at the Hawthorns on Monday night.

Speaking to the official West Brom website, Fletcher said: “It feels great. This is a fantastic new challenge for me in my career. I’ve spent my career at Manchester United and it’s all I’ve ever known.

“But I felt it was the right time to move and I’m not sentimental about doing that – I have great memories obviously, but I’m now a West Bromwich Albion player and I cannot wait to get going.

“Everyone involved in making the deal happen has been fantastic. And a big reason I’m here is because of the head coach. He has impressed me from the first minute. When someone shows how much they want you it’s a great feeling.”

“I know a few of the lads too. Mozza, who I know well from Scotland duty, has been pestering me for the last week, texting me constantly. He was giving me glowing references about how much I would love it here.”


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Andy Muirhead is the Editor of Scotzine and the Scottish Football fanzine FITBA. He is the Scottish Football columnist for The Morning Star and has written for a number of other publications including ESPN, Huffington Post UK, BT Life's a Pitch and has had his work featured in the Daily Record, The Scotsman and the Daily Mail.

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