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West Bromwich Albion FC Player Profiles

CRAIG GARDNER
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UPDATED 06:37 19th June 2014

CRAIG Gardner was Albion's first summer signing of 2014 - arriving on a Bosman free transfer from Sunderland.

* The midfielder is under contract until 2017, with a 12-month option in the clubs favour.

* Solihull-born Gardner has the distinction of being one of the few footballers to feature for Albion, Aston Villa and Birmingham City.

* He emerged through the youth ranks at Villa and made his professional debut for the club on Boxing Day 2005.

* He made 80 Villa appearances, scoring six goals, before he completed a cross-Second City switch to St Andrew's in January 2010 for a fee in the region of £3million.

* Gardner went on to enjoy 18 months at St Andrew’s and played an integral part in the club’s 2011 League Cup triumph - scoring the winner in the semi-final against West Ham.

* He moved to Sunderland for around £6million in summer 2011.

* Gardner, older brother to Villa midfielder Gary, was also capped 14 times for England Under-21s and was part of the squad which finished runners-up at the UEFA European U21 Championship in 2009.

* By the end of the 2014/15 campaign, 'Gards' had clocked 38 appearances for Albion, grabbing three goals.

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