Skip to main content

West Bromwich Albion FC Player Profiles

  • 11

UPDATED 07:05 17th July 2012

CHRIS Brunt penned a new three-year contract, in August 2014.

He took over the Albion captaincy from Scott Carson in January 2011 and his new-and-improved deal was reward for his outstanding form during that season - it was the second time he was offered a one-year contract extension in only 13 months.

He joined Albion in a £3million deal from Sheffield Wednesday in August 2007. The Northern Ireland international's price includes £500,000 of performance-related add-ons.

During the 2013/14 campaign he continued to prove how invaluable his goal assists are after struggling to find his best form during the 2012/13 term after an injury-interrupted pre-season.

But he surpassed the 200 league appearance-mark for Albion that term, also scored an impressive equaliser in the 2-2 draw with Villa at The Hawthorns and fired a stunning Boxing Day strike in a 2-1 win at QPR. 

He made 29 Barclays Premier League appearances for Albion during 2011/12 - either side of a two-month ankle injury he picked up in the Baggies' 1-0 home defeat to Everton on New Year's Day.

And returned in time to help Albion to a first-ever Premier League triumph over Chelsea. The club skipper came on as a substitute and, despite not being fully fit, turned the game in the Baggies' favour.

Earlier in the campaign Brunt scored the opening goal in Albion's 2-0 Black Country derby triumph over Wolves at The Hawthorns in October.

The Northern Ireland international was one of the Baggies' most consistent performers in the 2010/11 season as he helped the team set a then-new club record points tally.

Brunt established himself as a senior figure in Albion's team in the 2009/10 campaign and for the second successive term finished as top league scorer - joint with Graham Dorrans on 13.

He once again showed the happy knack of netting when it matters most as he followed up his last-gasp equaliser at Watford in April by scoring in the promotion-clinching 3-2 victory at Doncaster five days later.

After finding it difficult to hold down a regular first-team place during the opening half of what was his first-ever Premier League season he established himself in the second half of the 2008/09 campaign.

A switch to the right-wing brought with it a flurry of goals as he netted five times in as many games towards the end of that term to finish as the Baggies' eight-goal top scorer.

His reward was the ultimate honour as he was named Albion's official Player-of-the-Year, as voted for by the management staff and his team-mates - beating off competition from Scotland international James Morrison and Slovenia skipper Robert Koren, who finished as runners-up.

He also blossomed on the international scene and fired his first-ever Northern Ireland goal in their 3-0 World Cup qualifying away win over San Marino.

Although in and out of the side during his first season (2007/08) at The Hawthorns hisassists proved invaluable in helping the Baggies smash 109 goals throughout the campaign.

His point-saving strike as a substitute in the penultimate league game against Southampton effectively sealed Albion's automatic promotion to the Premier League.

And he put the icing on the cake with a cracking second goal in the final-day 2-0 win at QPR to secure the Championship crown, just days after celebrating the birth of his first child, Charlie.

Brunt began his career as a trainee at Middlesbroughbefore joining the Owls in April 2004 following a successful month-long loan spell.

During 2006/07, the Belfast-born ace recorded his biggest goal tally for a season by netting ten times in 44 Championship games, including two as a substitute, to help Brian Laws' men finish ninth.

He has forged a reputation for scoring spectacular goals and even notched from close to the halfway line with an audacious lob for the Owls at Leeds.

In total, Brunt made 153 appearances, including 30 as a sub, for Wednesday, scoring 24 times.

The 6ft1in midfield dynamo also had ten international caps to his name before joining the Baggies.