Ellington elated by move
By Chris Stanton
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Nathan Ellington believes the chance to join Bryan Robson was too good to turn down.
West Bromwich Albion's new £3 million signing Nathan Ellington has insisted that the chance to join manager Bryan Robson at The Hawthorns was too good an opportunity to refuse.
Ellington, who signed a four-year contract with The Baggies, believes that the move to the Black Country marks a significant step up in his career, with Albion better equipped to survive in the top-flight than his former club Wigan.
The 24-year-old told Sky Sports News: "When I was alerted to the fact that West Brom were interested I came down and spoke to Bryan Robson and he sold the club to me. I was a fan of Manchester United so I've always admired him.
"West Brom stayed up last year and have brought in players to improve their squad so we are now looking to kick on from there.
"This is Wigan's first time in the league and so we are probably one step ahead at the moment."
Despite the former Bristol Rovers man's delight at securing his move, Ellington conceded that it was a wrench to leave The Latics and gave an insight into the contract wrangling which precipitated the move.
"It's always hard leaving a club you've been at for so long and I enjoyed many good times but to further your career sometimes you have to move on.
"I wanted matters resolved at Wigan - I said I wanted to stay and sign a new contract but things didn't happen that way.
"They had to accept the bid because of a clause in my contract and so I was free to go and talk," he added.
Ellington, Robson's fifth signing of the transfer window, is expected to make his debut against Portsmouth on Saturday.