West Bromwich Albion fans react on Twitter to Jay Rodriguez departure

Jay Rodriguez of Burnley celebrates scoring his team's third goal during the Carling Cup Semi Final 2nd Leg match between Burnley and Tottenham Hotspur at Turf Moor on January 21, 2009 in...

The Baggies fan favourite has left The Hawthorns to return to his hometown club.

WBA player Jay Rodriguez shoots at goal during the Sky Bet Championship EPL match between West Bromwich Albion and Nottingham Forest at The Hawthorns on February 12, 2019 in West Bromwich,...

A number of West Bromwich Albion fans have taken to Twitter to give their thoughts on the news that Jay Rodriguez has left The Hawthorns to join hometown club Burnley, as well as to pay tribute to his service in the navy blue and white stripes.

The 29-year-old, who is a graduate of the Lancashire club's academy setup, has returned to Turf Moor on a two-year deal after they met the £10million release clause in his contract (Sky Sports News).

 

Rodriguez, who joined Southampton from Burnley in 2012 and linked up with West Brom five years later, scored 33 goals in 90 appearances for the West Midlands club in two full seasons at The Hawthorns.

The Albion fan favourite also issued a farewell message in which he thanked and paid tribute to everyone connected with the club, admitting that they "did everything" to persuade him to stay, but the lure of Premier League football back at his hometown club at this stage of his career was too good to turn down.

Jay Rodriguez of West Bromwich Albion celebrates after scoring his sides first goal during the Premier League match between Manchester United and West Bromwich Albion at Old Trafford on...

“I have nothing but best wishes for the club I leave behind," Rodriguez is quoted by the official Baggies website as saying. "I’ll be backing you to succeed in a new era under Slaven Bilić and hope that I can be back at The Hawthorns at the first available opportunity for a Premier League fixture. Until then, a sincere 'thank you' all for your support. I will never forget it.”

Here is what some of the WBA faithful said in response to the news and to the farewell message on the social media platform:

Capped once by England in 2013, Rodriguez has spent the last two years with Albion and scored 22 goals last season as they reached the Championship playoffs, and becomes Burnley's second signing this summer after Erik Pieters arrived from Stoke City on Monday.

Jay Rodriguez of Burnley celebrates scoring his team's third goal during the Carling Cup Semi Final 2nd Leg match between Burnley and Tottenham Hotspur at Turf Moor on January 21, 2009 in...

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