The Baggies fan favourite has left The Hawthorns to return to his hometown club.
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.
“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:
A very rare thing in football today a gent and true professional. Good luck Jay and good luck to Burnley next season— steve WBA (@stevhc) 9 July 2019
Genuine respectful honest message from footballer to fans. Very rare in this day and age. Others who have departed in recent times should take note— Louise Hickman (@Loubiewba) 9 July 2019
Wish him all the best. The ultimate professional. I’ll never forget his goal of the season last year. Last minute, 2-1 down at home to villa. J rod from 40 yards. Leaving the keeper with no chance. Legend. #wba— Andy Leeman (@AndyLeeman91) 9 July 2019
How to leave a football club! Fair play and good luck jay— Tom O'Connell (@tomthebaggie) 9 July 2019
Can’t complain about the way he has conducted himself. Premier league football is what players want. Good luck #wba— Mitchell Hunt (@mitchellhunt89) 9 July 2019
Thanks for everything Jay good luck at your boyhood club...#wba— WEST BROM FAN TV (@ALBIONFANTV) 9 July 2019
Now let's replace him with a free agent or a loan player am I right— Daniel Burton (@DanielBurton97) 9 July 2019
Another bites the dust. You've got a good un Burnley. Look after him. Thanks for the passion you gave us Jay. Good luck ⚪ #ForeverWBA— lise (@lise_Jane77) 9 July 2019
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.
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