Bodog-sponsored West Bromwich Albion has made another significant splash in the summer transfer market with the signing of highly rated striker Shane Long. The Irish international attracted interest from all corners of the footballing spectrum this summer. He arrives on a three-year deal with the option of a fourth from Championship side Reading. The fee is thought to be in the region of £4.5m, rising to £6.5m.
As one of the hottest goal scoring prospects outside the top flight, he managed 25 goals in 51 starts last term and helped his side to within one game of the promised land of the top-flight.
“He is a goalscorer and a hard-working player who has a very good attitude to the game,” gaffer Roy Hodgson told the club’s official website.
He continued, “The great thing about him is that even though he is still only 24, he has six years’ worth of experience of Premier League, Championship and international football and has margin for improvement in his game.”
Long is Albion’s sixth signing of the summer and will provide a perfect foil to fellow striker Peter Odemwingie.
Somerset Boab will be singing at the top of his voice this morning after the other side Bodog sponsors registered yet another victory. After they slumped to a 2-1 loss in their first league game of the campaign on Saturday, Ayr United showed what they’re made of by making light work of Raith Rovers. The 3-0 score line was never in doubt with Roddy Paterson opening the scoring just before the interval. The home crowd had to wait until the 76th minute for a second goal, this time from James McKernan. Ross Robertson then registered a fine effort from 18-yards to make sure the Honest Men reached the Ramsden Cup Fourth Round.