Tuesday 17 July 2018

Defender Dawson pens new Baggies deal

Defender Craig Dawson has signed a new deal with West Brom
Defender Craig Dawson has signed a new deal with West Brom

Defender Craig Dawson has signed a new three-year deal with West Brom.

The improved contract sees the Baggies defender, 27, commit to the Midlands club until the summer of 2020.

Dawson, who signed from Rochdale in 2010, said on the club's official website: "I have always felt very settled here and I am delighted to have reached this agreement.

"It has been quite a journey so far, but I still feel there is a lot more of the journey to come.

"I have watched the club come through a challenging spell and like to feel I have played my part in helping us improve, step by step.

"I try to be consistent and play my part for the team.

"But it never gets any easier at this level and as a footballer I know I have got to keep improving. That is my target every day and every game."

West Brom have opened the new Premier League season with two victories, and also won 3-1 at Accrington in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night.

Tony Pulis' side continue their campaign at home on Sunday against one of his former clubs Stoke.

Dawson was one of seven players who started against Burnley last weekend and again at the Wham Stadium, with Boaz Myhill, James Morrison, Nacer Chadli and Salomon Rondon those drafted in.

Pulis has made it clear his senior squad is nowhere near deep enough as it stands and is expecting new arrivals at any moment.

But the return to action of Scotland international Morrison, who managed a comfortable 77 minutes against Stanley, at least adds another option.

"I'm pleased that Morrison played some time," Pulis told WBA TV after goals from Rondon, Matt Phillips and Jay Rodriguez secured a third-round slot.

"It's the first game time we've had from Moz this season, including pre-season. I'm really pleased he got through it."

There was also praise for the League Two opponents, who had a 100% home record prior to the Baggies' arrival.

"Fair play to Accrington, we knew it was going to be difficult and they worked so, so hard on and off the ball. They do have one or two good players.

"Our attitude had to be right and thank goodness we got the goals at the right time. We should have scored a couple of more if the finishing had been better.

"We move on and hopefully get a good draw for the next round."

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