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Dawson signs new deal

23 August 2017

CRAIG Dawson has got 2020 vision at Albion after signing a new three-year deal with the Club.

The new and improved contract sees the Baggies defender, currently starring in central defence after also earning praise in his lengthy shift at full back, committed to the Club until the summer of 2020.

Dawson's new deal comes at a time when he is playing a key role in the team's winning start to the season.

"I've always felt very settled here and I'm delighted to have reached this agreement," said the 27-year-old defender who signed from Rochdale in 2010.

"It has been quite a journey so far but I still feel there is a lot more of the journey to come.

"I've watched the Club come through a challenging spell and like to feel I have played my part in helping us improve, step by step.

"I try to be consistent and play my part for the team.

"But it never gets any easier at this level and as a footballer I know I've got to keep improving. That's my target every day and every game."

'Daws' has certainly ticked those boxes since earning his breakthrough three years ago initially in his specialist and favourite position of central defence before head coach Tony Pulis utilised him at right back.

Now he finds himself back at centre half and impressing alongside newcomer Ahmed Hegazi.

"Ahmed has done really well and I have enjoyed playing alongside him," said Craig.

"It's been a good solid start from the team and we just want to keep these results coming. That's all we're focused on."

Chairman John Williams said that lengthening Craig's contract was another important element of future planning during the summer transfer window.

He said: "Craig has been incredibly consistent for us and thoroughly deserves his new contract.

"It is also good the club has been able to protect a player who is such an important asset to us.

"At this time of year, the focus is inevitably on the comings and goings but an important part of the job is keeping the squad secure.

"Craig follows Hal (Robson-Kanu) as a second senior squad member to have his contract extended."


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