Mozza thanks fans after signing new deal

JAMES Morrison says his affinity to Albion and his relationship with Baggies fans were decisive factors in signing a new deal.

The Club's longest-serving player put pen to paper on an initial one-year deal, with a further 12 months' option in his favour, at Palm Training Ground earlier today.

'Mozza' was sidelined for much of last season with a frustrating Achilles injury and admits his determination to get Albion back to the Premier League has driven him during a testing period in his career.

"It feels great, it's been a long time coming, and a lot of hard work has gone into it," said Morrison.

"I'm glad I'm still here and I'm really looking forward to getting back on the pitch as we try to get back to the Premier League.

"It was difficult to watch from the sidelines last year and that's driven me on to get back and help us get back to the Premier League.

"I can't wait to get back playing with my mates in front of an amazing crowd."

He added: "The fans have been great with me. Social media helps us to get closer to the fans and I got some really nice messages. The messages I received and the way I feel about this club played a part in making my decision.

"I'd like to thank the fans for those messages and I hope I can now repay them."

'Mozza' believes his Championship experience, along with that of fellow Albion stalwart Chris Brunt, will be important as the Club tackles the demands of English football's second tier.

"Chris Brunt and I have done it before so we know what it takes. We know what we need to do on the pitch and hopefully we will be important pieces of the jigsaw for us to get back to the Premier League.

"The positivity within the club is all down to Darren and his staff. We've got to continue that into the season and get that winning feeling back. Let's get that going, starting on Saturday."

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