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Myhill delighted with Clarke faith

March 13, 2013
By Ian Edwards

Boaz Myhill has revealed the Steve Clarke factor persuaded him to sign a new two-year contract with West Bromwich Albion.

Boaz Myhill
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The West Brom goalkeeper wants to repay the trust Clarke has shown in him since the head coach arrived at The Hawthorns to replace Roy Hodgson at the start of the season.

Myhill, who joined Albion in 2010, also believes he is in a good place to build on his 13 Premier League appearances for the club, despite being the understudy to Ben Foster.

Foster's decision to make himself available for England again could make Myhill's task even more difficult, but he is happy to push Albion's No. 1 and be ready whenever Clarke needs to call upon him, rather than push for a move away from the club.

"Obviously, Steve Clarke has seen something in me that he likes so that's great news for me. He says he trusts me and when he needs me to play I have his trust, which is massive for a player," Myhill said.

"That was a big factor in signing a new contract. It's a great challenge for me here. First and foremost the working environment is great and I really enjoy working with the other goalies – Ben and Luke [Daniels].

"Overall, I've enjoyed my time here. It's as good a club as you could ever hope to come to work at every day – and that's why I've chosen to stay here.

"I've played 70-odd Premier League games and it's a big ambition of mine to play more. I'm obviously well aware of how good Ben is.

"He's gone from strength to strength this season and the challenge is for me to be ready when I'm needed. Hopefully that's what I've done so far.

"The working environment is good, the dressing room is great and there are a lot of people's company that I enjoy. Everything here is geared to success and we're well looked after.

"Everybody gets the same chance and it's up to the players what they do when they get the chances. My focus is preparing to play at the highest standard I can when required.

"My role at this present time is first to be as prepared as I can if and when I'm needed and, secondly, to help Ben as much as possible – and that's what I've done."