Baggies ace is not interested in paper talk

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Nicky Shorey is enjoying his spell at the Hawthorns and doesn’t have any plans to move - despite speculation suggesting he could leave the club this summer.

Recent reports have linked Shorey with a move back to Nottingham Forest, who he spent a month on loan with in 2009. But Shorey says he has no idea where the link has come from.

"I don't know where that link with Forest came from,” he said. "I was there on loan a couple of seasons ago and it went well. It is a club I really enjoyed playing for.

"But as far as I'm concerned I haven't heard anything and it's just paper talk. That happens this time of year for a lot of players, and I wouldn't read anything into it.”

After his Barclays Premier League stint with Reading in 2006/07 and 2007/08, Shorey knows how difficult a task it is to stay in the top flight in a club’s second season up.

But he believes the Baggies have the right man for the job in Roy Hodgson. The two worked together when Shorey spent the second half of the 2009/10 season on loan at Hodgson’s Fulham.


"The second season is always going to be difficult because teams know how you approach the game,” Shorey said. "It's always going to be a bit tougher once teams know what you're about.

"But Roy has been there, seen it and done it, and I'm sure he'll get us ready and prepared, and the work we do will mean everyone will know their jobs and we'll go out there and have another successful season.

"I think the players we've got don't just think 'we're here to stay now’. We all know it's going to be tough and you can easily slip out of this league. We've got to put in the effort this season - and I'm sure we will.”

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