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Baggies extend contracts of duo

31 January 2019

Albion have today extended the stays of Wes Hoolahan and Tyrone Mears until the end of the season.

Head Coach Darren Moore says both players have been "deservedly rewarded" for their contribution to the Baggies campaign so far. 

The two experienced players displayed their enduring value to Moore with impressive performances alongside the youngsters in the replay-earning FA Cup fourth-round draw at Premier League Brighton on Saturday.

The duo have now signed up to see the season through to the end and Moore says: “Both have been an absolute credit to themselves and played a big part in where we are at this point in the season. 

“Not just out on the pitch but in the dressing room and in training - they have bought into the culture of unity we have been developing and have been a great influence around the squad.

“It’s a win-win for all. We were all very pleased with the performances of our younger players at the weekend but you cannot underestimate the value of experience in those circumstances either.”

Both Wes and Tyrone have largely played support roles so far and were key figures in nursing an inexperienced Albion team through the FA Cup fourth round tie at Brighton.

Wes said: “I was absolutely thrilled when the gaffer gave me the call to tell me he wanted to extend my stay.

“I’m happy to play whatever role is required of me - as long as the boys are winning, that’s all that matters. It’s a great group of lads to be around and although I had options it was an easy decision to stay here. 

“I think it’s going to be an exciting end to the season and I can play a part in what we’re all trying to achieve,”

Tyrone, a former Derby team mate of Darren’s who was recruited after a spell in the MLS, said: “I’m delighted to stay and want to do everything I can to help the Club achieve its goals.

“Obviously, it was quite a jump from the MLS to the Championship but I feel I have got stronger and stronger. This is a squad a lot of Championship team would be envious of and I believe one that has got a great chance of getting back to the Premier League.”


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