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Tamas keen to extend Baggies stay

Defender hoping to do enough for club to trigger option

GABRIEL Tamas is hoping he can do enough during his current run in Albion’s starting XI to earn a stay at The Hawthorns beyond the end of this season.

The Romania international’s current contract runs out at the end of the campaign – but the Baggies have the option to extend his deal by a further year.

Tamas has started the last three games due to the absence of vice-skipper Jonas Olsson because of a groin injury.

“I have this year and a year more,” he said.

“Would I like to stay longer? Why not?

“I enjoy myself here and I like the club.

“I feel very good here.

“Let’s hope they can agree to something and I can stay here.”

He added: “I am enjoying being in the team and let’s hope I can stay in the team for the season.

“I am pleased with my form because I feel very good, and I don’t think I am playing badly.

“I am very happy because I am in the team and starting games.

“All of us are big players for the team.

“It’s not about one man – we play together as a team, all 11 players.”

The Baggies were seconds away from a clean sheet and booking their place in the FA Cup fourth round on Saturday until Kieron Dyer’s last-gasp leveller forced a replay with QPR.

But Tamas is confident Steve Clarke’s men can complete the job at The Hawthorns.

“It was a tough finish and it was too bad that we conceded a goal in the last minute,” he added.

“But that is football. What can you do?

“We played well and defended very well and we scored with ten minutes to play.

“But what happened afterwards was just football.

“We didn’t go there to put on a show, we went there to get a result – a win or a draw.

“Now they need to come to our home, and we have played well there this season.

“We have played better at home than away this season.

“We went to QPR and did our job.

“We didn’t lose and that’s what FA Cup games are about.

“If you go away you have to make sure you don’t lose.
“We want to win every game and in the FA Cup, if you win six games you win the trophy, so why not go for it?

“We need to try to go as far as we can.”