Gaffer hails 'terrific professional'
TONY Pulis paid a warm tribute to Jonas Olsson following the defender’s decision to end his Albion stay and join Swedish club Djurgården IF.
The Baggies Head Coach was in touch with the 34-year-old Swedish former international immediately after confirmation of the end of his nine-year stay at The Hawthorns.
“I wanted to wish Jonas the best of luck as he starts a new phase in his career and a new step in his life,” said Pulis.
“I thanked him for his loyalty and effort on my watch. He is a super competitor and terrific professional.
“He will always be looked on with great respect by everyone at West Bromwich Albion and he will always be welcomed back here while I’m in charge.”
Albion had planned to release Olsson at the end of this season but were happy to mutually agree an early termination of his contract in order he start getting ready for the April start of the Swedish season.
Director of Football Administration Richard Garlick said: “We have huge respect and admiration for Jonas at the club and were always ready to help him if he felt that was what he would like to do.
“Jonas had the opportunity to go to play in Sweden and the last thing we would do is stand in the way of that. We were happy to co-operate and we wish him all the very best for the future while recognising his enormous contribution to the club’s growth and development.”