By Andy Toft
May 21, 2004, 13:24
Albion new-boy Riccardo Scimeca has told former Leicester City team-mate Paul Dickov: "Come and join me."
The ex-Villa and Forest man was yesterday unveiled as the Baggies' first summer signing and revealed he had spoken to Dickov who is also on Gary Megson's Premiership shopping list.
The Leicester forward is also wanted by Birmingham, but could find his chances there limited with Emile Heskey and Mikael Forsell likely to be Steve Bruce' first choice strike partnership next
Scimeca said: "Paul's a fantastic player and it would be great if he
"I have spoken to him but I know he has other options as well."
Albion beat off competition from fellow Premiership newcomers
Norwich to sign Scimeca who said he was delighted to be at The
"There was interest from Norwich, but speaking to Gary Megson and seeing the facilities here I was very impressed and knew where I wanted to be," he said.
"I enjoyed my time at Leicester but I am 29 now, I'm getting towards the end of my career and every player wants to play at the very highest level.
"I was very impressed with what the manager had to say and I know I've made the right decision."
Scimeca also vowed that Albion would mount a more successful
survival bid than they managed during their first Premiership
"Everybody here wants to achieve the same thing and we won't make the same mistake again," he said.
"It's important that we strengthen what we have already got here.
"I just want to be part of the team that keeps this club in The
Premiership and I'll be giving them 100 per cent to try and achieve that.
"There will be expectation, there always is when a club comes
straight back up after going down and we know it's going to be
"Organsisation is going to be vital and we will need a lot of
"In The Premiership if you make just one mistake it gets punished, in the First Division you can make several and get away with it, that's the big difference."
Scimeca was able to leave the Walker Stadium after activating a
clause in his contract allowing him to move if they were relegated.
But he confirmed no clause had been written in to his Albion deal.
"I didn't know anything about the clause in my Leicester contract
until I signed, but there is no such clause in my contract with
Albion," he said.
"I was surprised when Albion came in for me. I had enjoyed my time time at Leicester and it was a big decision for me to leave.
The 29-year-old is able to play in midfield or defence and said he
had spoken to Megson about what role he would be expected to play.
"I am quite versatile but that means it can be difficult to settle
down in one position," he said.
"At Forest I had settled into a defensive midfield position.
"I have spoken to the boss about different positions and he also
sees me as a versatile player.
"It would be nice to settle down into one position but I am happy to play anywhere as long as it helps the team."