Josh Griffiths says he didn’t need much convincing to sign for Bristol Rovers as the Gas have made the talented West Brom goalkeeper their ninth addition of the summer.

Griffiths moves down the M5 on a season-long loan to battle Jed Ward for the No1 spot at the Mem, although the fact the Baggies have allowed one of their best prospects to join the Gas indicates they hope he’ll be predominantly used as first-choice.

Griffiths is only 22 but already boasts extensive experience in the EFL having made 126 senior appearances, 55 of which were at League One level during previous loan stints at Lincoln City and Portsmouth.

Ward served as Rovers’ No1 for the majority of last season but the plan this summer was always to sign another goalkeeper with resources in that department a little thin. The Gas were close to signing Cameron Dawson on a free transfer earlier in the window but the move collapsed and he elected to join Rotherham United.

“I’m really happy to be here,” Griffiths said. “The deal got done really quickly and, having spoken to the manager, George Friend and Scott Brown, I think this is a move that is a really good fit for me. I’m really excited to get going.

“I’ve had some good conversations with the manager and he has put across his ideas to me, what he wants from the style of play, and those talks went really well. I got a good feel from him in those chats and then had further conversations with George and Scott, who presented the club really well.

“In truth, I didn’t need much convincing. With the signings the club made earlier this window too, you can see Bristol Rovers is a team that’s only going in one direction and that’s an exciting project to come and be a part of. I like to think I can come and be a part of that and help the team move forward.

“I just want to hit the ground running now. I’m looking forward to working with Jed Ward and Matt Hall. I’ve heard great things about them both and I’m sure we’re all going to be pushing each other throughout the season.”

Griffiths has trained with his new teammates and should come into contention for Saturday’s friendly at Bath City as Rovers continue to build towards their season opener against Northampton Town on August 10.

He becomes the Gas’ seventh signing in the defensive end of the pitch, as Matt Taylor continues to stamp his own identity on the squad in what has been a window of considerable change, on and off the pitch.

“We are delighted to welcome Josh to Bristol Rovers for the 2024/25 season,” said Taylor. “Josh comes to us with huge potential and a strong reputation at our level. Scott Brown and the club are looking forward to continuing his development so he returns to West Brom ready to affect their first team.”