Scott Carson insists he has nothing to prove to either Aston Villa or Liverpool this season and can resurrect his England International career after moving to West Bromwich Albion.
The goalkeeper joined the Baggies this week in a £3.5 million move after almost four seasons on the move during which time he spent spells at Leeds United, Liverpool, Charlton Athletic and at Villa Park.
Carson admits he had to mull over his decision to join Tony Mowbray’s side after also being tempted by the chance to join Stoke City who were also promoted. He said: “It was a big decision to come here. Stoke were really interested and I had a look around but then I came here and it was a really close decision.
“Having spoken to the manager here however I could just see myself being here for four or five years - maybe even longer."
Carson had been set to sign for Martin O’Neill’s Villa in a £10 million deal from Liverpool after a season long loan but a dip in form and confidence saw the Villa boss cool on that deal.
Carson said: “I think they (Villa) had an option to buy me but I think Martin O’Neill said at the time he wanted to look for a more experienced keeper and I think he has done that by buying Brad Friedel.
“That is fair enough. For someone like myself who is still only 22 I needed someone who said they would give me their confidence and their backing and having spoken to the manager here he has given me that and hopefully I can repay him.
“I really enjoyed my time at Villa but in the end it was down to Liverpool and Aston Villa and not down to myself. I think Aston Villa said that when they loaned me last season that the fee was around £10 million for a permanent deal but obviously now the price is a lot lower. If Villa were really interested I guess they would have paid the money.
“There was no yes or no answer from Villa. All I know is they were looking for an experienced keeper and I couldn’t go somewhere just to be second choice - if I did I would have been better off staying off at Liverpool.”
He continued: “I am not too fussed if Villa didn’t want me to stay. I am not here to prove anyone wrong but just to prove to myself I can play. Yes against Liverpool and Villa it will be a big game but I am not going to put added pressure on myself .
“It is certainly not a personal thing for me in these games - I just want us to pick up a few points against them.”