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Daws: It's an exciting time for the club

23 August 2017

CRAIG Dawson believes there are "exciting" times ahead for Albion and for himself after he put pen to paper on a new and improved three year deal with the club.

'Daws' has now committed his future to the Baggies until 2020, and the 27-year-old says that he wants to continue his development as a player right here at The Hawthorns.

"I'm very pleased. It's an exciting time for the club and hopefully for myself.

"I've had a good run in the team and I feel like I'm progressing as a player. Obviously I want that to continue."

After a lengthy shift at right back, Dawson is currently starring in a central role alongside summer recruit Ahmed Hegazi and has played a big part in Albion's 100 per cent start to the 2017/18 campaign.

And the former Rochdale defender reserved special praise for Head Coach Tony Pulis for the impact the gaffer - and playing full back - has had on his game.

"I've got confidence from playing week-in, week-out.

"I owe a lot to the gaffer for giving me that opportunity.

"Playing right back and being in a wider position on the pitch has developed my game massively. Hopefully I can take that inside and continue the good work."

Craig thinks he may have got his move into the centre of defence earlier if not for the quality of centre halves at the Albion over the past few seasons.

"Over the years we've had some good centre backs and it's been difficult at times to get there," he acknowledged.

"Now I feel like I've got a great chance. Hopefully I can keep learning and keep the position."

And with two Premier League wins in their first two games. Daws wants the Baggies to make the new season one to remember.

"We've started very well and there's a good atmosphere around the dressing room.

"I think we've got a good squad at the moment and hopefully we can better last season's league position and do well in the cups."


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