West Brom boss Hodgson says Brighton signing Jara still in his plans

West Bromwich boss Roy Hodgson insists Gonzalo Jara's loan switch to Brighton isn't the end of the line for the Chilean.

West Bromwich boss Roy Hodgson insists Gonzalo Jara's loan switch to Brighton isn't the end of the line for the Chilean.

Hodgson remains a firm admirer of his qualities and was happy to let him go to the Championship outfit safe in the knowledge he can recall him after 28 days.

"He's a good professional and a good lad," said Hodgson to WBA's website.

"We have four full-backs in Mattock, whose playing well, Shorey of course, Steven Reid and Billy Jones now emerging as he is.

"We have other players who can play full-back apart from those four seniors.

"I just thought for Gonzalo not being maybe even the first name in if someone got injured would not be right.

"It would be wrong to keep him hanging around here when he could play at the top level in the Championship and get some games under his belt, and experience Championship football at a high level.

"The decision to let him go was largely based on 'is it correct for us to keep him here on the off-chance he might get a few minutes?' When really I should be thinking of him and giving him a chance to play 90 minutes every week.

"We still have the recall after a month, which is a nice option to have because I like Jara Reyes."

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