BURNLEY midfielder Richard Chaplow admitted the move to Premiership side West Brom was a chance he couldn't turn down.
The Accrington lad, who turned 20 this week, was keen to stay at his first love Burnley but couldn't resist the move when the Baggies made their £1.5m bid on Monday.
"It has been a hectic few weeks," admitted Chaplow about the on-off move. "I would have been happy to stay at Burnley especially as I had been playing well but when I learnt Burnley had accepted the fee I had to go and have a look.
"When I got down there, I liked the look of the place, it felt right, it is a decent place and a big club.
"I know a lot of people are saying West Brom could come straight down into the Championship but my job is to try and help them stay in the Premiership for next season."
The former St Joseph's junior player admitted that former Manchester United legend Bryan Robson, the Hawthorns boss, was a big factor in his move.
"He was a brilliant player in his time and the chance to work with someone like him doesn't come along everyday."
"Chappy" has signed a three-year deal and it comes in the week he got another call-up to the England Under 20 side to face Russia next week.
But he admits it was hard leaving Turf Moor, the club he supported as a boy and who his dad Chris and mum Teresa still support.
"I was upset at leaving Burnley - my dad is a Claret through and through and I have been at Burnley since I was eight-years -old," said Chaplow.
"I have never known anything different and it is the end of an era for me.
"But it is the chance to play in the Premiership. Three years ago I wasn't even playing in the Burnley first team so things have happened really fast. And you have just got to take the chances.
"It is a huge challenge. To play against the best in the world week in week out will be amazing. We have still got to travel to Chelsea and Manchester United so there are some huge games and it will be totally different for me.
"I have to prove myself all over again as well. It is a fresh league, new players and I have to show I can do it at this level and make sure I show I am worth the money they have paid for me."
He admits it is strange being worth £1.5m.
"This was especially as I wasn't in Burnley's first team three years ago. Being worth so much seemed like a long, long way away but it is quite a nice feeling really."
Chaplow, who was wicket keeper at Accrington Cricket Club, admitted his friends in the town were happy for him.
"They were dead pleased. They obviously want to see me playing at the highest level and hopefully I will crack on and do that.
"My mum and dad were a bit upset. My dad is once a Claret always a Claret but it was going to happen at some stage so he has accepted it and will come and watch me. I am just waiting for things to settle down a bit now."
He admitted though there was a second's hesitation about signing when he saw Burnley draw Blackburn in the FA Cup fifth round.
"I was at West Brom and I saw it come out and couldn't believe it. I was gutted as it is a great game to play in - I would have loved it. It is one of the most important games you can play in. It is great for the lads though and there is no reason why they can't enjoy the day - and beat Blackburn.
"I will enjoy cheering on the Clarets - and I will come home as much as possible. Accrington is where I lived, where my family and friends are and my roots so I will come back when I can."
Chaplow is hoping to make his debut against Norwich this weekend - the team against which he made his Clarets debut.
He joins Accrington's Brett Ormerod in the Premiership who is at Southampton.
And Great Harwood's David Dunn is at Birmingham although he is battling to overcome a niggling hamstring injury which could keep him out for the rest of the season.