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West Bromwich Albion FC Player Profiles

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UPDATED 07:06 17th July 2012

DORRANS pledged his long-term future to Albion by signing a new and improved three-year contract on July 16, 2014

The Baggies earlier that summer activated a 12-month option on the midfielder’s pre-existing deal and Dorrans is now committed to The Hawthorns until 2017.

Having been unable to nail down a regular starting berth over the first half of the 2013/14 season, the Scotland international established himself as a key performer in helping to secure the club’s Barclays Premier League status – starting each of the final ten matches and scoring goals against Cardiff and Manchester City.

Limited starts during the first part of the 2012/13 season saw Dorrans' Hawthorns future in the balance in January, with the club willing to listen to offers for him that suited all parties.

But the midfielder found himself more involved from February onwards as he focused on his football again.

Dorrans made 31 Barclays Premier League appearances during the 2011/12 term, scoring three spectacular goals against Stoke, QPR and Arsenal.

A stop-start 2010/11 campaign - the highlight of which was a cracker of a first Barclays Premier Leagie goal in a 3-3 draw with West Ham - came to a premature end in March when an ankle problem suffered in training forced him to miss the final ten games.

Dorrans was the subject of three unwelcome and unsuccessful bids from West Ham during summer 2010.

This after he enjoyed a memorable first full season in English football as he won the club's official Player-of-the-Year and Goal-of-the-Season awards (2009/10).

His 18 goals from midfield made him the club's top scorer and he was voted by his peers into the PFA Championship Team of the Year.

Dorrans' achievements were also recognised by supporters up and down the country after he was voted the PFA Fans' Player of the Year in the Coca-Cola Championship.

He established himself in the Albion engine room with tireless box-to-box displays and showed a real eye for goal.

Dorrans represented Scotland at Under-20 and Under-21 levels and his outstanding form during 2009/10 earned him his first three senior international caps.

He was a relative unknown south of the border when he joined Albion from then-Scottish First Division outfit Livingston for a training spell in January 2008.

But he did enough to secure a permanent move and signed for the Baggies in a £150,000 deal the following July.

Dorrans wasn't expected to figure prominently during his first season at the club but broke into the first team during the 2008 festive period before making his full Premier League debut at West Ham the following March.

He joined Scottish First Division outfit Livingston as a 13-year-old.

And, during his time there, he was named in the 2007/08 PFA Scottish League One XI and was voted PFA League One Player of the Year by his fellow professionals.