West Bromwich Albion have finally completed the signing of Socceroo Jason Davidson on a two-year deal for an undisclosed fee.
Davidson, 23, put pen to paper on the two-year deal with an option for a third season and passed a club medical on Tuesday before the announcement.
Albion had been monitoring Davidson since before the World Cup, but have been made to wait to sign him, due to a protracted transfer saga after a contract issue with his former club Heracles.
Davidson revealed Socceroos team-mate Tim Cahill had played a key role in convincing him to move to the Hawthorns, after a previous offer from Championship club Fulham.
“I’m very close to Tim and during the World Cup I had other offers on the table and he said from day one he wanted me to go to the Premier League,” Davidson told the club’s website.
“When negotiations started with West Brom, I told him about that. He was with the coach (Alan Irvine) at Everton and he only had great words for him.
“He said it was a very good club with potential. It gives youngsters a go. He was someone who persuaded me to come here.”
Irvine revealed he had also consulted Cahill about Davidson.
“I spoke to Tim Cahill about Jason and he recommended him very, very highly both as a player and character,” Irvine told the club’s website.
“Tim sees him as a young player who will do extremely well in England and develop even further.”
— Jason Davidson (@jasondavidson29) August 5, 2014
Davidson said the lure of playing in the Premier League attracted him to West Brom and labelled the move a “dream come true”
“It’s the biggest and the most renowned league in the world,” he said. “Every kid watches the Premier League. It was a dream from when I was a youngster.
“It was another dream of mine to play in a World Cup and play against some of the best players in the world.
“To play against Alexis Sanchez and Arjen Robben was an unbelievable experience. But you want to play against the best in the world to test yourself.
“Coming to the Premier League hopefully I’ll be playing these types of players week-in week-out and I can show everyone what I can do.”
Davidson is West Brom’s seventh summer signing and will contest with Belgium international Sebastian Pocognoli for the left-back position.
West Brom begin their Premier League campaign on Saturday 16 August at home to Sunderland.
However, Irvine explained that Davidson’s hopes of breaking into the first team would have to wait following his transfer saga, which has interrupted his pre-season.
“He hasn’t trained properly since the World Cup so he’s going to need a little bit of time to catch up before we can expect him to perform at the levels he’s capable of,” Irvine said.
Davidson was optimistic he could force his way into first-team calculations in the short term.
“I would have liked this situation to be finished a lot earlier,” Davidson said.
“I was at a World Cup and I haven’t lost that much fitness. It’s about working hard for the next two weeks and showing the boss what I can do, but it’s a long season.”
Davidson joins Aussies Mile Jedinak, Brad Jones, Chris Herd and Mark Schwarzer in the Premier League.comments