Chaplow's Saints rejection
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Richard Chaplow says he rejected the chance of a permanent deal at Southampton.
West Bromwich Albion midfielder Richard Chaplow has admitted he rejected the chance of a permanent deal at Southampton.
Chaplow spent the end of last season on loan at St Mary's, scoring once in 11 appearances and was wanted for the long term.
But the youngster has revealed he was keen to prove himself at The Hawthorns, rather than accept the chance to stay with Saints.
"I think Southampton were interested in taking me, but as far as I was concerned I was a West Brom player and wanted to stay a West Brom player," Chaplow told the Express & Star.
"In my eyes I had something to prove to everyone down here to show them I was good enough to play and was worth the price tag West Brom paid for me.
"I'm obviously hoping I'm on the way to doing that now."
Chaplow joined The Baggies in a £1.5million deal from Burnley two years ago and originally struggled to establish himself while the club were in the Premiership.
He has now forced his way into current manager Tony Mowbray's plans and started in Saturday's 1-1 draw at home to Southampton.