McClean aiming for breakthrough season

McClean aiming for breakthrough season

James McClean says he's determined to become a regular for both West Brom and the Republic of Ireland this season.

The 27-year-old has made four starts for Albion in the Premier League so far this season as he battles to become a permanent fixture in Tony Pulis' starting line-up.

He faces competition from the likes of summer signings Nacer Chadli and Hal Robson-Kanu for regular action at the Hawthorns but McClean is determined to prove he is worthy of his place.

McClean is currently preparing with Ireland for their World Cup qualifier against Georgia on Thursday and he is focused on making an impact for both club and country this season.

"I want to become a regular not just at club level, but international level as well," he said. "I'm raring to go and hopefully this is the campaign where I finally nail down a place as a player in the first XI."

McClean received a hostile reception when returning to former club Sunderland last weekend but he says the boos from the stands don't bother him and only serves to fire him up to perform even more.

He added: "At the end of the day, if they're booing me, it gives you that 'I want to prove you wrong' automatically. That's me as a person. You can sulk, or you say, 'I'm going to show you'.

"It's like someone telling you you can't do something, you want to be determined to show them that you can."