The Nigerian international considered leaving the Hawthorns for a new adventure during the summer break but the new manager made him change his mind
Peter Odemwingie has revealed that he intended to quit the English Premiership at the end of last season because he did not see anything to achieve.
But new West Brom manager Steve Clarke sat down with the Nigerian and convinced him that he could do a job for the Baggies.
“Summer was a time when, at my age, I had second thoughts about continuing to play at this level,” Odemwingie said to the Express and Star.
“I thought there would be nothing new for me at West Brom and I gave it a try (asked about leaving) to see what would happen.
The Nigerian striker who scored 15 goals in his debut season and added 10 last season got his hunger back during the pre-season training.
“But the club said that it was too early for me to go and they thought I could play an important role for them and keep playing.
"Then pre-season started and I got hungry again for Premier League action and I forgot about it.
He also dismissed paper talk of a rift between him and Clarke as hogwash.
“I don't know where (talk of the bust-up) came from. People would have seen afterwards if there was a problem."
“We sat down and had a normal talk. He was the new coach and he said: ‘Give me a few weeks and see how we work, because we're ambitious for this year’,” Odemwingie said of the meeting with Clarke.
“I said I would give it a couple of weeks and after that I was enjoying training and it looked like it was going to be an interesting season, so I forgot about the offer.”
Odemwingie has scored this season - a penalty in the opening day 3-0 victory over Liverpool and assisted in the first goal against Everton last weekend after coming off the bench in the second half.