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Baggies snatch Purse

West Brom have completed a 750,000 swoop for Birmingham's Darren Purse.
The 27-year-old has signed a three-year deal at The Hawthorns after agreeing personal terms and passing a medical.

Albion have paid an initial 500,000 for centre-back Purse, who has struggled to dislodge Kenny Cunningham and Matthew Upson at Birmingham.

"We've seen Darren play over the years including a few times against us, and he will be a good asset for us," said Baggies boss Gary Megson.

Purse was voted Birmingham's player-of-the-season in 2000/01 and has also picked up the Young Player of the Year award in his time at St Andrews.

"He's comfortable on the ball, good in the air, strong and wants to get on and win. We're delighted to have him on board," added Megson.

He scored an injury-time penalty against Liverpool to take the 2001 Worthington Cup final to extra-time before Birmingham lost on penalties.

But Purse made just 12 appearances for the St Andrews outfit during the past campaign.

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Purse confident for future


West Brom's new signing Darren Purse insists the best football of his career is yet to come following his switch from Birmingham.
He told the club's website: "I've probably got the best years of my career ahead of me.

"This a good move for me and my family because we are settled nearby.

"Every person Gary Megson sends out on the pitch gives 110% and I'm no different. I want to win and I want to keep West Brom in the Premiership."

The 27-year-old defender lost his place in the Birmingham side following the arrival of Matthew Upson and Kenny Cunningham.

He made just nine Premiership appearances last season and admits he found it very tough to break into the team.

He said: "I got injured and then it was a hard slog getting into the side with Matt and Kenny doing so well.

"But now I'm looking forward - I spoke to Gary Megson and I was really impressed.

"He said there would be more signings and hopefully he can build a good squad to stay up."

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Purse handed captaincy for the season
By Oliver Bhurrut

DARREN Purse has revealed Gary Megson has handed him the Albion captaincy on
a permanent basis.

The Baggies manager kicked off the season by giving his players the chance
to vote for the skipper on a match-by-match basis.

But after Purse led the side with an impressive display in the 2-1 defeat at
Everton three weeks ago, Megson has given the former Blues defender the
honour for the campaign.

"At the start of the season, the gaffer said it was going to be down to the
players to choose a captain before every game," said Albion's 500,000
summer signing.

"So I was really pleased when the players picked me to be the captain when
we went up to Goodison Park last month.

"It's a real honour to lead the side out and I really enjoyed that part of
the day, although obviously the most important thing was the result went
against us.

"But I must have done something right because a couple of days before the
Liverpool game, the gaffer took me to one side and said he wanted me to be
the captain up there which was brilliant for me.

"Darren Moore is still the club captain, but the gaffer said that whenever
I'm in the starting line-up, I'm going to have the armband which is a nice
compliment and a real bonus so early on in my Albion career."

Purse has played every minute of the Baggies' five games so far and he will
be hoping to record his first clean sheet of the season against Fulham today
(Saturday).

The clash against The Cottagers will be the first time he has skippered
Albion at The Hawthorns.

"I thought I did okay up at Everton on a personal level but that all sort of
goes by the wayside to be honest when you get beaten," he added.

"I'd much rather play rubbish for 38 games and get the results that keep us
up than play well and lose.

"Generally I've been quite pleased with my form since I came here and if I
can keep up that sort of standard for the rest of the season then I'll be
reasonably happy."

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Purse faces FA hearing


The Football Association has charged West Brom's Darren Purse with violent conduct and will hold a hearing regarding the matter on Thursday.
Purse was harshly sent-off for two bookable offences in the loss to Newcastle and is banned for one match.

But the charge relates to a different incident when the Purse caught team-mate Riccardo Scimeca with his arm.

He could now be out for a further three games if found guilty of an incident not in referee Mike Riley's report.

However, neither Purse or any representative of the club will be allowed to attend the disciplinary hearing.


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He was trying to catch Andy O'Brien with his elbow, but hit his own team mate instead.

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Purse charged by FA
DARREN Purse has been charged with violent conduct by the Football
Association following Saturday's 3-1 defeat at Newcastle.

The charge relates to an incident in the first half in which team-mate
Riccardo Scimeca needed treatment.

Purse was having his shirt pulled by a Newcastle player and in an effort to
break free accidentally caught ex-Villa defender Scimeca in the face with
his arm.

The Baggies skipper was harshly sent off later in the St James' Park clash
for a second bookable offence and will serve a one-match ban against Bolton
on Saturday.

But he could now face a further three-game suspension if the FA decide he is
guilty of the new offence at a Soho Square hearing tomorrow (Thursday).

Referee Mike Riley did not include the incident in his match report but the
FA decided to bring charges against Purse after watching replays on TV.

The ex-Blues defender must now decide whether to plead guilty and accept a
three-game ban or plead not guilty and submit evidence to back up his case.

However, neither Purse nor any representative of the club will be allowed to
attend tomorrow's disciplinary hearing.

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Purse gets further three-game ban
DARREN Purse today (Thursday) became the second Albion player in three days
to receive a three-game ban for violent conduct.


An FA disciplinary committee, at Birmingham's Burlington Hotel, found the
Baggies defender guilty for a first-half incident at Newcastle last Saturday
in which team-mate Riccardo Scimeca needed treatment.


Purse was having his shirt pulled by a Newcastle player and in an effort to
break free accidentally caught ex-Villa defender Scimeca in the face with
his arm.


The former Blues stopper has escaped a fine but will now miss the Baggies'
four October fixtures against Bolton, Norwich, Crystal Palace and Chelsea
after already picking up a one-game suspension for being harshly sent-off
for two bookable offences at St James' Park.

Neil Clement also picked up a three-game ban for violent conduct on Tuesday
after being found guilty of an incident during the Fulham 1-1 draw a week
last Saturday.

He misses the Bolton, Norwich and Palace encounters.

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Purse signs for City
July 20 2005
South Wales Echo

CARDIFF City have completed the signing of West Bromwich Albion centre-half Darren Purse in a deal that could cost the Bluebirds 600,000 over three years.

The Echo understands an initial payment of 100,000 to the Baggies has secured the deal, as Purse and Bluebirds owner Sam Hammam put the finishing touches to the move last night.

But City could end up paying six times that amount depending on the number of appearances the 28-year-old makes for his new club.

Purse has penned a three-year deal and will give manager Dave Jones further options in the wake of the sale of Danny Gabbidon and James Collins to West Ham United earlier this month.

And Jones has still not given up hope of adding out of favour Welsh international midfielder Jason Koumas to his squad, even though Jones' former club Wolves are favourites to win the race for his signature. But Koumas' wages could prove a stumbling block.







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I'm not suprised really as he's not been a regular since Robbo realised what a liability he is.

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scored as many goals for us last season as Ricardo Fuller. thanks Darren
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it appears that the above was jumping the gun

Skysports.com can confirm that Darren Purse had signed a three-year deal at
Cardiff City.

The West Bromwich Albion defender has opted to join The Bluebirds after
rejecting numerous offers from elsewhere including Southampton.

Purse has put pen-to-paper and will be unveiled by Cardiff following a
routine medical.

"The deal is all done and Darren is delighted," his agent Richard Cody told
skysports.com.

"I would like to put on record my thanks to Cardiff for making the whole
process so painless.

"From the moment we first talked, to when Darren signed late on Wednesday,
they have been thoroughly professional.

"Both Peter [Ridsdale] and Sam [Hammam] have been first class and so
straightforward through the whole process."



But hes gone anyway

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