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West Bromwich Albion FC Player Profiles

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UPDATED 07:06 17th July 2012

GARETH McAuley has truly been the heartbeat of Albion's defence during his time at The Hawthorns.

* Signed on a Bosman free transfer at the age of 32, 'G-Mac' has been a regular since making his Baggies debut during the early throes of the 2011/12 season - helping the club to 10 clean sheets in the Barclays Premier League.

* The following season, the Northern Ireland international was named as the Players' Player of the Season and Supporters' Player of the Season awards.

* Yet McAuley was a relatively late-comer to the English game. He spent the first eight years of his career in Northern Ireland with Linfield, Ballyclare Comrades, Crusaders and Coleraine, before moving to England to join Lincoln City in 2004.

* He played for Leicester between 2006-08 - Gary Megson was among his managers in the East Midlands - before spending three years at Ipswich Town.

* Before joining Albion he had made 295 English career appearances, including 12 as a substitute, scoring 25 times.

* McAuley has made over 150 appearances in all competitions for Albion.

* Signed a new one-year contract in April 2016, keeping him at the club until the summer of 2017.

* The centre-back played in all four of Northern Ireland’s matches at Euro 2016 in France and scored their first goal during the 2-0 victory over Ukraine in Lyon – in the process becoming the third oldest goal scorer in a European Championships finals match.