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McAuley already eyeing pre-season return

Baggies defender keen to get going on the front foot

GARETH McAuley insists he and his Albion team-mates are already hungry to return for pre-season in a bid to right the wrongs of last term.

The Baggies finished the campaign in 17th place in the Barclays Premier League, three points and a healthy goal difference clear of the drop zone.

It comes on the back of an eighth-placed finish in 2012/13 and previous tenth and 11th spots in the top flight following promotion in 2010.

And for centre-back McAuley, attention has already started to shift towards ensuring Albion do not dice with danger again in 2014/15. 

"The boys are talking about coming back for pre-season already,” he said.

"They're talking about coming back and putting it right.

"We need to get off to a good start because last year we didn't have the best of starts and we never really got going.

"We really need to get going in pre-season this year.”

McAuley added: "Since I’ve come here it’s always been about improving on the last season.

“We have to get that right now, get our heads down in pre-season – the lads who are here and any new lads who come in – get ourselves together and make sure we don’t have another season like last."