Rogic raring to go after Baggies switch

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Australian midfielder Tom Rogic has said his cross-border switch to English club West Bromwich Albion has revitalised him.

The 29-year-old left Celtic at the end of last season for a "fresh challenge", taking his time to choose one during which period he rejected opportunities to return to Australia to play in the A-League and an approach from Indonesia.

Socceroos boss Graham Arnold warned he that he was risking his spot in Australia's World Cup squad if he remained a free agent but he has now settled on a move to the second-tier Championship club.

Rogic signed on an initial one-year deal with the Baggies holding the option of a further 12 months should he impress.

Rogic said Monday: "I was looking for a change of scenery and a fresh challenge. I didn't just want to rush into anything.

"I think it was important for me to take my time and make sure my next club was the right club.

"I heard about the club's interest in me about a week ago, I spoke with the manager (Steve Bruce), who seems like a really good guy, and I spoke with my agent and here we are.

"I had some time to reflect and I now feel refreshed, re-energised and excited about the future. I'm really looking forward to getting started at Albion.

"I think it's fair to say the team hasn't got the results the performances have warranted so far this season. I know that the manager and the boys are looking to change that as quickly as possible."

Boss Steve Bruce said: "Tom is a quality player who has played nearly 300 games for Celtic, including a significant number of games just last season.

"He has proven to be a quality player, a serial winner and a top professional. He can play in several positions across midfield and I'm confident he will prove to be a great acquisition for the club."

Canberran Rogic has won 53 caps for Australia and is seen as a key player in their World Cup challenge.

He arrives at the Hawthorns with Albion facing two key matches - a Second City derby against Birmingham City on Wednesday followed by Saturday's trip to second-placed Norwich City. Albion are a lowly 16th, with nine points from eight games, already seven adrift of Norwich in the last automatic promotion place.

Rogic could make his debut against Birmingham providing he is granted international clearance in time.