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Last Updated: Wednesday, 14 July, 2004, 11:37 GMT 12:37 UK
West Brom bag keeper
West Brom boss Gary Megson
West Brom boss Megson wants competition for places
West Brom have completed the capture of Polish goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak from Hertha Berlin.

The 22-year-old has signed a three-year deal at The Hawthorns after lapsing out of contract with the Bundesliga outfit.

Baggies manager Gary Megson has made the Poland international his fourth summer signing.

"We are really pleased to have brought him in and his arrival will certainly increase competition for places," revealed Megson.

Megson added: "We faced quite a bit of competition to sign him.

"Even as late as last night, as Tomasz was walking across our car park, a Bundesliga club rang his agent to try to sign him while he was about to put pen to paper here.

Nobody is brought in to specifically play first or reserve-team football - there are no sacred cows here
Baggies boss Gary Megson

"Tomasz had opportunities to join another Premiership club, a Championship club, two Spanish teams and two Bundesliga clubs - but he has decided to come here.

"He is not the finished article by any means but he has got a good chance.

"He wants to play in England and we have given him the opportunity to improve and push on."

Kuszczak, for whom the Hawthorns club are braced to pay an as-yet-undetermined level of compensation, will vie for the goalkeeping jersey with Russell Hoult, Joe Murphy and Simon Miotto.

He won his first full Poland caps in friendlies against Malta and Lithuania last December and has also made 14 appearances for his country's Under-21 side.

Megson said: "Nobody is brought in to specifically play first or reserve-team football and there are no sacred cows here.

"Each player's ability, desire, form and fitness will affect which team they play in."




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