West Brom sign former Southampton FC defender Chris Baird

Daily Echo: Chris Baird, left Chris Baird, left

West Brom have announced the signing of former Saints defender Chris Baird on a one-year contract.

The versatile 32-year-old, who played in Saints’ 2003 FA Cup final defeat to Arsenal, was available on a free transfer after the expiry of a short-term deal at newly-promoted Burnley.

The Northern Ireland international is the Baggies’ third signing of the summer after Joleon Lescott and Craig Gardner.

West Brom’s new head coach Alan Irvine said: “Chris is a player with vast Premier League and international experience who reads the game well and has good positional sense.

“He can play in several positions and his versatility effectively makes your squad bigger.

“It’s important we have the right characters in the dressing room and Chris is certainly that.

“We have done our homework on him. I have spoken to a lot of different people who have either managed or played with Chris and everyone spoke very, very highly of him both as a player and a person.”

Baird, who has 65 international caps, boasts plenty of Premier League experience after six years with Fulham.

He left Craven Cottage for Reading last summer but ended the campaign as a member of Burnley’s promotion-winning side.

He began his career with Southampton and has also had spells with Watford and Walsall.

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2:29pm Tue 8 Jul 14

lowe esteem says...

A very good tidy player, who Saints never really made the most of, back in the day when we HAD to sell off our best players.
A very good tidy player, who Saints never really made the most of, back in the day when we HAD to sell off our best players. lowe esteem
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10:35am Wed 9 Jul 14

TheMysterycat says...

Chris Baird would always take the time, win lose or draw, to applaud the supporters in the four corners of the ground post match. A very respectful player and as the post above suggests, underrated. I wish you well Chris, your a gentleman.
Chris Baird would always take the time, win lose or draw, to applaud the supporters in the four corners of the ground post match. A very respectful player and as the post above suggests, underrated. I wish you well Chris, your a gentleman. TheMysterycat
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