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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.

* McAuley has 53 caps for Northern Ireland and was handed the honour of skippering his nation in their 0-0 draw with Slovenia in March 2011.

* The central defender enjoyed another productive campaign in 2014/15, prompting the Club to offer the 35-year-old a new deal - which expires in summer 2016.

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

* By the end of May 2015, McAuley had made 138 appearances in all competitions for Albion - with nine goals to his name.