By Derrick Kiplagat
English striker Rickie Lambert has been signed by Westbrom Albion from former team Liverpool. The big centre forward is the third signing of the summer for the Baggies. Having successfully completed the medical examination Lambert has signed a two- year contract believed to be worth £ 3 million.
The 33 year old striker, who came to the Premier League with the south- coast club Southampton after being promoted from the championship in 2012, will now wear the number 17 jersey in the Westbrom squad. Lambert is set to make his unofficial debut against his former club Bristol Rovers.
Speaking about the news on the club’s official website, Club manager Tony Pulis said, “Rickie is a good, strong , solid player who is a great character, good in the dressing room and good on the pitch.”
“We are very pleased to have him on board. He’s a player of great pedigree and we look forward to integrating him into our squad,” he added.
Lambert joined Liverpool last season in what was seen as a dream homecoming considering he played in the Liverpool academy before being released as a teenager. He was however given a peripheral role in a very difficult season for the Merseyside club and only managed to bag two goals in 25 Premier League appearances.
Speaking during his first interview with Westbrom Lambert said, “First impressions, I’m very pleased and very excited to get started. I’ve had a good pre-season. I’ve trained every day, I haven’t played as much as I would like but I’m feeling very fit and very good.”
Lambert started playing professional football in Blackpool and after being released by the club, he went on to work in a beetroot bottling factory in order to cater for his financial needs while searching for another club.
His golden moment finally came at Macclesfield Town in the bottom tier of the football league standings. Lambert soon found his footing and went on to play for Stockport County, Rochdale and Bristol Rovers before joining Southampton, the club he helped promote from two divisions to the Premier League with his knack for scoring.