ALBION pulled off a major coup by signing key defender Jonas Olsson on a new four-year contract in October 2012.
The Sweden international, who was set to become a free agent in summer 2013, penned an improved deal committing him to the club until 2016.
Olsson further enhanced his reputation as a battling defender last season as Albion finished tenth in the Barclays Premier League - earning ten clean sheets in the process.
The 6ft4in central defender made 33 Barclays Premier League appearances last term - scoring unforgettable goals in away derby victories at Villa and Wolves.
His impressive performances at the heart of defence and growing importance as vice-captain helped guide Albion to their highest-ever Premier League finish of tenth.
Olsson was named vice skipper by then-Hawthorns boss Roberto Di Matteo in August 2009.
He proved a towering influence in helping the Baggies clinch automatic promotion back to the top flight at the first attempt with his full-blooded displays.
The passionate centre-half was a virtual ever-present throughout 2009/10 and his form saw him earn his first-ever senior Sweden cap in a 1-0 friendly win over Belarus in June 2010.
He joined the Baggies on the penultimate day of the 2008 August transfer window in an £800,000 move from NEC Nijmegen.
The 6ft4in left-sided defender penned a two-year contract, plus a further year's option in the club's favour.
The fee for the former Sweden Under-20 and Under-21 international was set to rise by a further £360,000 in performance-related add-ons.
Olsson made his Baggies debut in a 3-2 win over West Ham at The Hawthorns in September 2008 and quickly became one of the first names on the team-sheet.
He scored five times in the 2009/10 campaign add to his three the previous season, which included the only goal of the game at Middlesbrough in September and the opener in April's 3-0 home win over Sunderland.
Unfortunately, Olsson was forced to sit on the sidelines for more than two months, between January and March of Albion's 2008/09 Barclays Premier League season, with tendonitis and bone bruising to his knee.
During that time his never-say-die attitude at the heart of the Baggies defence was sorely missed.
After moving to Holland from home-town club Landskrona in 2005, Olsson was an Eredivisie regular for Nijmegen for three years, helping them finish tenth in his first two seasons and eighth in 2007/08.
Olsson also clocked up 20 Under-21 caps for his country.
(LAST UPDATED NOVEMBER 14, 2012)