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Gardner extends Albion stay

Midfielder commits to new Hawthorns contract

ALBION midfielder Craig Gardner has today signed a new two-year contract.

The 29-year-old was due to see his current deal expire at the end of this season but has now tied down his future at The Hawthorns until at least the summer of 2018, with the potential for a further 12-month option.

Gardner has to date made 81 appearances for the Baggies, scoring six goals.

“It’s brilliant for me to extend my contract, especially at a time when the club are bringing in some top players,” said Gardner.

“This is a great family club and the lads are brilliant to play with.

Gardner won the 2014/15 Goal of the Season award for his strike at Crystal Palace

“I just want to keep playing Premier League football alongside some top players that can hopefully help us climb into the top ten.”

Gardner joined the club on a free transfer in the summer of 2014, making his debut against former side Sunderland, where he spent three years.

He scored his first goal for the club in a 1-0 derby win over another of his former employers, Aston Villa, before grabbing the 2014/15 Goal of the Season Award for his 30-yard strike at Crystal Palace.

The Solihull-born midfielder, who also enjoyed 18 months at Birmingham City, scored three goals in 38 appearances for the Baggies last term.