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Gera reveals Baggies desire

Returning midfielder wants to finish career at The Hawthorns

Gera: Hopes to stay at The Hawthorns for the rest of his career

Returning West Brom ace Zoltan Gera has revealed he wants to remain at The Hawthorns for the rest of his career.

Gera spent four years at Albion before moving to Fulham, then managed by current Albion boss Roy Hodgson, in the summer of 2008.

The Hungarian international is now back at The Hawthorns, signing an initial two-year deal with another year's option in the club's favour.

But the midfielder has set his sights on playing for the Baggies for another five seasons, when he will be 37.

He said: "Hopefully I can finish my career here and stay here, not for two to three years but for five years.

"Hopefully I can finish my career here and stay here, not for two to three years but for five years."

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"I'm not thinking about two years. Hopefully I can play more than that because I don't want to be retired too soon."

Unbelievable

He added: "I came from Hungary and when I got here (in 2004) I just thought 'this is unbelievable, how can I play in this team?'

"But players have improved the club a lot since my first time here and we have lots of good players and internationals. We have a very good squad."

Gera admitted Fulham tried to keep him at Craven Cottage after his contract ran out at the end of last season.

He said: "They tried to keep me, not just the new manager (Martin Jol) but Mark Hughes as well.

"But sometimes a player feels he needs to move. I was happy there but coming back to West Brom with Roy was the best for me."

Meanwhile, another former Albion player, Wigan keeper Chris Kirkland, has emerged as a potential target for Hodgson to provide back-up to Ben Foster.

Albion need cover after allowing Boaz Myhill to join Birmingham on loan.