Chris Baird has become West Brom's third signing of the summer following confirmation of the player signing a one-year deal with the club, according to The Guardian.
The former Fulham defender has signed a one-year contract which would also include another 12-month performance related option. The 32-year old was available on a free transfer after his two-month contract at Burnley ended as his team finished in the top flight. As far as experience goes Baird has plenty of it, having already enjoyed an eight year stay in the Premier League.
The defender has also been capped 65 times for Northern Ireland and can play as a centre-back, full-back or defensive midfielder. West Brom head coach Alan Irvine said: “I’d like to officially welcome Chris to the club.
“Chris is a player with vast Premier League and international experience who reads the game well and has good positional sense.
“He can play in several positions and his versatility effectively makes your squad bigger. It’s important we have the right characters in the dressing room and Chris is certainly that.
“We have done our homework on him. I have spoken to a lot of different people who have either managed or played with Chris and everyone spoke very, very highly of him both as a player and a person.”
Baird will now be training be with his teammates at West Brom, including fellow new signings Joleon Lescott and Craig Gardner, as of Monday.
Albion's technical director Terry Burton said: “We see Chris as an ideal addition to the squad we are building for the new season.
“The great thing about Chris is that he can provide competition and cover for so many positions, particularly at full-back, where we’re still looking to strengthen both at left and right-back.”
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