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West Bromwich Albion FC Player Profiles

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UPDATED 07:06 17th July 2012

CRAIG Dawson was rewarded with a new-and improved Albion contract on February 21, 2012.

The centre-half penned a three-and-a-half-year deal to June 2015, plus a further year's option in the club's favour.

The Baggies signed the highly-rated Rochdale defender for an undisclosed fee on transfer deadline day August 2010.

He played more of a prominent role in the Barclays Premier League during the 2013/14 season - and at times filled in at right-back.

It followed a successful loan spell in the Championship with Bolton during the second half of the previous campaign when he scored four goals in 16 starts.

The 6ft2in defender made his Albion debut in a 4-1 Carling Cup victory at Bournemouth in August 2011.

A day later Dawson was called-up to the England Under-21s squad by Stuart Pearce, who watched him from the stands at the Seward Stadium.

Dawson made his Under-21s debut in a Euro 2013 qualifier 6-0 win over Azerbaijan the following month, scoring the first two of his four goals in his opening five international appearances.

Dawson's subsequent performances for Albion earned him a place in Pearce's Team GB squad for London 2012.

He appeared as a substitute in Great Britain's 1-0 triumph over Uruguay at the Millennium Stadium.  

After joining Albion in August 2010, he immediately rejoined Dale on loan for the remainder of the season, scoring an astonishing 11 goals in 48 appearances and helping the newly-promoted League One outfit finish ninth.

The 2009/10 season was Dawson's first full campaign as a pro and it proved a memorable one, helping hometown club Rochdale clinch automatic promotion.

Dawson's eye-catching displays attracted considerable interest from several Premier League and Championship clubs.

In March 2010, he was voted the FourFourTwo League Two Player of the Year at the annual Football League Awards.

Dale plucked Dawson from non-league outfit Radcliffe Borough in February 2009 - but he stayed at the Unibond League side on loan for the rest of the campaign and was voted their Player of the Season.

Prior to his move to Spotland, he was also an accomplished player for Rochdale Cricket Club during the summer months.