Burton throws down gauntlet to Thorne

Last Updated: Fri, 27 Jun 2014 16:20
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Technical director Terry Burton has urged George Thorne to focus on trying to force his way into the West Brom first team this summer.

The 21-year-old midfielder has had two transfer requests rebuffed by the club as he tries to force a move to Championship side Derby County after a successful loan spell at the iPro Stadium in the second half of last season.

The Rams have had two bids rejected for the player as their boss Steve McClaren is keen to get Thorne back to the East Midlands ahead of their promotion push next term having lost out to QPR in last month's Championship play-off final.

However Burton feels Thorne could be playing Premier League football next season under new Albion chief Alan Irvine if he stays put and works hard during the club's pre-season preparations.

He told the Express & Star: "We think he's a good player and we want to give him an opportunity to play first-team football, but ultimately that's up to George.

"If George is the best man for the job then he will get into the team. We don't have any favourites or any reason not to play the best person.

"I'm sure George will come back (to pre-season training next month) with the right attitude. And I'm sure he wants to play Premier League football, not Championship football.

"If he does well then that platform is here. It's in his hands."

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