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LEE HUGHES has bid his final farewell to The Hawthorns faithful, stating that in an ideal world West Brom will finish the season as runners-up behind his new club Coventry City.

He is hoping that the fans of his beloved Albion will forgive him for making a switch across the Midlands, explaining that his move has left the club in a fantastic financial position.

"I know fans can change quickly but they've been great so far," he said.

"West Brom only paid £250,000 for me so I think they've got a good deal out of me.

"My ambition is still to play in The Premiership but it didn't take me long to decide to come here."

He continued: "You need a change in life sometimes but it will be strange to face the Baggies this season.

"My ideal scenario would be for Coventry to finish first and West Brom to finish second in the table."

Meanwhile, Gordon Strachan has claimed responsibility for landing the former Kidderminster striker after he was forced to dig into his own private fortune in order to finance the £5,000,001 deal.

"I put the £1 in for Lee so you could say I brought him here!" he joked.

"I know it will always be The Baggies in his heart but sometimes you have to move on in life.

"I've got used to saying goodbye this summer, so it's nice to be saying hello!"