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UPDATED 12:38 18th July 2012

BOAZ Myhill has made valuable contributions to Albion's last two Barclays Premier League campaigns, covering for injuries to Ben Foster during two significant spells.

He signed a new two-year deal, plus a further year's option in the club's favour, in March 2013.

He initially joined from Hull for an undisclosed fee in August 2010 and made his Baggies debut in a 2-0 Carling Cup second-round win at Leyton Orient before making six top-flight starts in January and February when then-No.1 Scott Carson was dropped by Roberto Di Matteo.

New head coach Roy Hodgson opted to revert to Carson as his first-choice keeper for the duration of the campaign.

Foster's arrival on a season-long loan from Blues in summer 2011 saw Myhill move in the opposite direction on a season-long loan to City, where he played 46 games, including four Europa League matches.

Myhill's move to the Baggies brought to an end a successful seven-year spell with the Tigers, which saw him rise from the old Third Division to the Barclays Premier League and become a Wales international.

Although born in the United States to an American father and Llangollen-born mother, Boaz - full name Glyn Oliver Myhill - has lived in the UK since the age of one.

He joined Villa as a 12-year-old and went onto represent England at most levels up to and including Under-20.

Myhill was also put on standby for the Under-21s and was eligible to play for the USA - but he pledged his allegiance to Wales in 2008.

He retired from international football in May 2014, after earning 20 caps for the Dragons. 

The California-born keeper finally made his league debut while on loan at First Division Bradford in November 2002, after returning from loan spells at Stoke and Bristol City without making an appearance.

Further loan spells with Macclesfield and Stockport at the start of 2003/04 followed before he left Villa permanently, without making a senior appearance, by joining Third Division Hull in a £50,000 deal in December 2003.

Myhill's first two seasons with the Tigers could not have gone better. Not only did they both end in promotion, he cemented his place between the City sticks in 2004/05 when he missed only one league game.

He won the Tigers' Player-of-the-Year Award the following term after being a near ever-present and he was also named the No.1 keeper in FourFourTwo magazine's list of the top 50 Football League players.

The 6ft3in custodian played all-but 31 minutes of the 51-game 2006/07 campaign before helping Hull finish in their highest-ever league position the following season, culminating in a Championship play-off final success in the club's first-ever trip to Wembley.

Myhill also reached a notable personal landmark during that remarkable campaign when, at the relatively young age of 25, he became only the ninth keeper to make 200 appearances for the club.

His first season in the Premier League during 2008/09 was to prove memorable. After losing his place to Matt Duke in the January, he won it back for the run-in and helped Hull avoid relegation - at Albion's expense.

In total, Myhill made 277 appearances for Hull and had made 298 career appearances before joining the Baggies.

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