ALBION have extended Boaz Myhill’s Baggies career by agreeing a new one-year deal with the keeper.
The Club had originally released the experienced former Welsh international but Myhill has forced a re-think after training at the Palm Training Ground throughout the summer.
He will now complete the three-strong group of senior keepers following the recruitment of our two 25-year-old newcomers Sam Johnstone and Jonathan Bond this summer.
Myhill first signed for the Baggies in 2010 taking only one year away from the Club on loan to help Birmingham City reach the Championship play offs in 2013.
“I’m as happy to sign,” says Boaz.
“I’ve had to go through the process. I’ve had to show that I was hungry to be here. I’ve had to show humility to come here every day without a contract. I’ve had to show that I’m still a good keeper and that’s why we’re here now.
“I’m happy to help in whatever way I can. I’ve obviously played at this level. In the last two teams I was involved with in the Championship we’ve finished third so I know I am a good keeper in this league.
“I have spoken to Sam and ‘Bondy’ - they’re different characters to each other and to me and I think Neil (Cutler) was keen to add my experience in that mix. But I also accept that the Club needed to move away from a lot go older players across the board. I’m pleased to have signed.”
Goalkeeping Coach Cutler believes that the blend Albion now possess in the goalkeeping department will serve Head Coach Darren Moore well in the Championship marathon to come.
And he acknowledges that Boaz’s impressive training throughout July had made the decision for him.
“Bo has come back fit and sharp,” says Neil. "His experience around a young group has been first class and we felt it was good to keep a senior member around the squad.
“He’s been training with us all summer and trained very well. Let’s not forget that we have a guy here who’s been there and done it. Whenever he has been called on has done a great job for us.
“He’s also a very positive person in the changing room which is important as well and makes a good impact on the group.
“We’ve got a really touch battle ahead of us and Bo’s great experience is going to be invaluable. He has excellent experience of the Championship with Hull and Birmingham.”