The former Sunderland midfielder cannot wait for the season to start â€“ a project he claims has been ongoing for about two or three years.
â€śWest Brom are now an established team in the Premier League,â€ť said Gardner to the Birmingham Mail.
â€śThatâ€™s why I came here and why Iâ€™ve been wanting to come here for two or three years.
â€śIâ€™m just glad it finally happened. Villa are established but I honestly think Albion can compete too.
â€śI was close to joining in the past. It should have got done in January. I was all ready then but it stretched out until the summer.
â€śI was pretty much sold in January. Why it didnâ€™t happen then I donâ€™t know. My agent simply told me it would happen in the summer. I knew Iâ€™d be a free this summer and it was probably the right choice.â€ť
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