Di Matteo delighted to bag Shorey

Shorey has signed a two-year contract with the Baggies, who have

the option of a further year, and will face competition from

Slovakia international Marek Cech and former England Under-21

defender Joe Mattock for the left-back spot. “I’m delighted to

welcome Nicky to the club,” said West Brom boss Roberto Di Matteo.

“He’s an experienced, solid, reliable left-back who likes to get

forward and get involved. “I also like the fact he’s English and

knows what the Premier League is all about. “He’s a player I’ve

liked for some time. “I’ve very much signed Nicky to compete for

the left-back position and I have some good options down that flank

as Marek can also play further forward. “Nicky’s arrival will not

only increase competition but also means we will have options

should we suffer injuries or suspensions.” Shorey, who has played

in all four divisions of English football, started his career at

Leyton Orient before in 2001 joining Reading, with whom he won

promotion to the Premier League. He joined Villa in 2008 but found

first-team chances hard to come by and spent time on loan at

Nottingham Forest and Fulham last term. Shorey won two England caps

under Steve McClaren in 2007 in friendlies against Brazil and