Kieran Richardson has expressed his determination to play against West Bromwich Albion in the Premiership next season. For that will mean he will have helped Albion to avoid relegation.

The England Under-21 international midfield player will return to Manchester United in the summer after flourishing on loan at The Hawthorns.

Richardson played a significant role in Albion's 1-0 victory against Everton yesterday and he is grateful to Baggies manager Bryan Robson for providing regular Premiership football.

"This has made me a better player, a strong player and a fitter player," Richardson said. "And it is nice to be involved in victories like this one against Everton.

"This move to West Brom has turned out to be better than I expected. This is a good team and I think we have a great chance of avoiding relegation.

"But I am a Manchester United player and I will go back there with a dream to play for them against West Brom in the Premiership next season. Hopefully, if that happens, the supporters will give me as good a reception as they did against Everton.

" There is a great atmosphere here, both among the supporters and within the dressing room. There is a great team spirit. I am enjoying my time

here, being a West Brom player and knowing that I am improving.

"I am grateful to Bryan Robson for giving me the chance here. He has been an important figure in my career.

"He has given me the opportunity to play regular first-team football, in the Premiership and the timing could not have been better.

"I have never played so many consecutive Premiership matches before. Had I not come here, I would probably be in the Manchester United reserve team nut playing here makes such a difference because it makes you more experienced and a better player."

Richardson has been on loan with Albion since January but there is no prospect of the move becoming permanent.