Goran Popov "happy" with West Bromwich Albion return

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Dynamo Kiev defender Goran Popov says that he is happy to be back at West Bromwich Albion on a season-long loan.

Goran Popov has described himself as "happy" after securing a return to West Bromwich Albion.

The Macedonia international agreed a season-long loan from Dynamo Kiev yesterday, having also spent the last campaign at The Hawthorns.

The 28-year-old told the club's website: "I'm happy to be back at West Brom. Last season I was a little bit late for pre-season because I was waiting for the deal to happen.

"This year it's good for me that I will be here for pre-season. This time I will start with the group and I'll be ready like everybody else.

"It is always good when you have competition. Liam [Ridgewell] is a good player and a good guy. I have a lot of respect for him. Everybody has to fight for their own place in the team. Last year I didn't play a lot of games and this year I hope to play more. I know the league now and I'm not afraid of anyone."

Popov made 12 appearances for the Baggies last season.

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