Tuesday, 2 August 2011
West Brom Sign Gera
Midfielder Zoltan Gera has put pen to paper on a two-year contract with his former club West Brom, with the option of a further 12 months in the Baggies' favour. The Hungary international scored 25 goals in 155 appearances during four years with the Baggies before moving to Fulham, where he was managed by current West Brom boss Roy Hodgson, on a free transfer in 2008. "Having decided not to renew his contract at Fulham, Zoltan has come back to the club where he started his career in England," Hodgson said on the club's official website. "The last time he played at West Bromwich Albion he was a very popular figure with everyone at the club, not least of all the fans. "I of course know him well and admired him in the two years we worked together at Fulham, where he was an integral part of the team that did well during those years. "I think it is a massive coup for the club that we have been able to persuade him to come back to West Brom despite the many other offers he had, because he is a player that is widely appreciated in the Premier League and abroad. "I think it is an excellent signing and he is a player I hope will do as well in the coming seasons as he has done in the past seasons with West Brom and Fulham. "In Zoltan Gera we've acquired not only a first-class player but a first-class person and we think that's also important to the way we want the club to move forward."