Ben Foster admits West Bromwich Albion fans had a big influence in his decision to sign permanently at the Hawthorns.

Foster left Birmingham City last week.

The 29-year-old was voted the supporters' player of the year and players' player of the year in helping the Baggies finish 10th in the Barclays Premier League.

Foster said: "The fans accepted me so well and I always got such an amazing buzz off them last season.

"I've got a special connection with them and joining the club was a bit of a no-brainer because of that.

"I'm quite a positive person and give everything all of the time and I think the fans appreciate that.

"They were with us throughout, were our 12th man at times and sometimes you need that."