Brentford captain Romaine Sawyers has left to rejoin West Bromwich Albion where he began his career.

The midfielder, who spent three years at Griffin Park and later became club captain, has penned a three-year deal with the Baggies with an option for a further year.

Sawyers has become West Brom’s fourth signing this summer under new manager Slaven Bilic after Darnell Furlong, Kenneth Zohore, Semi Ajayi.

“It’s been a long time coming and feel like I have unfinished business,” says Romaine.

“This is the first team that I have always wanted to play for and I’m delighted I’m now going to get that chance.

“I left the club when I was just a boy with a lot of potential. But I am coming back as a man who has matured as a player.

"It looks to me that we are assembling a strong group of players and I hope to add to that. The aim is promotion - that’s what we all want especially after just missing out last season.”

Sawyers is expected to join his new teammates in training ahead of West Brom’s first game of the new Championship season against Nottingham Forest.

Thomas Frank said: “Romaine has been with us for three years and has improved year on year. He was always great on the ball but has added to his game defensively in his time with us. He has also grown off the pitch and was a very important leader for us last season.

“I would like to wish Romaine all the best for the future. I have really enjoyed working with him and, more importantly, I have enjoyed talking to him. He is a great reader of the game and he and I were able to have some interesting tactical conversations.

“I am sure Romaine will succeed at West Brom and I am also sure that we have a great collection of midfield players still at the Club who will be able to help us progress this season.”

Sawyers, 27, began his career at the Hawthorns in 2009 and spent time out on loan before joining Walsall.

After ending a three-year spell there to join Dean Smith at Brentford he would later return to the Baggies this summer.