Sep 14 2012
West Brom's longest serving player, midfielder James Morrison, has signed a new four-year contract.
The Scottish international has put pen to paper on a deal which will keep him at The Hawthorns until the summer of 2016. Morrison, who joined the Baggies from Middlesbrough five years ago, has played a major role in establishing the club in the Barclays Premier League.
Morrison had two years remaining on his previous deal. West Brom head coach Steve Clarke said: "After strengthening the squad during the transfer window, it's equally important to hold on to your best players."
He added: "I'm delighted James has signed a new deal and the new contract is fair reward for his hard work and efforts.
"He's been at Albion for a number of years now and has always been one of the key players.
"This is a good message to send to the rest of the squad, that if you do well and keep improving you will be rewarded.
"It's also a big coup for the club because I'm sure that if James was on the market, there'd be a few clubs interested in him."
The club's sporting and technical director, Dan Ashworth, added: "James has been one of our most effective players in the Premier League over the last couple of seasons and fully deserves his improved deal.
"The fact we've got a player of James' calibre to sign a longer contract is a sign that the club is moving in the right direction."
Morrison helped West Brom win the Championship title in his first season at the Hawthorns.