MATT Phillips, signed in the summer of 2016, was on the brink of registering the finest season of his career before injury intervened.
The Scotland international, recruited on a four-year deal from QPR for an undisclosed fee, was in inspirational form and helping to spark Albion's best run of results of the campaign before suffering a hamstring strain at the end of February.
It sparked a frustrating close to the season for Phillips - who also missed out on a Scotland recall as a result - who suffered a second injury near the finish of the campaign to compound his misery.
For Phillips, it all began when he joined Wycombe Wanderers at the age of eight and progressed through their junior ranks to make his first-team debut shortly after his 17th birthday.
He starred in Wycombe’s promotion from League Two in 2009 and was named Young Player of the Year before signing for Blackpool the following season.
He played for England at youth level but later chose to represent Scotland, making his full international debut in May 2012.
On 23 August 2013, Phillips signed for Queens Park Rangers on a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee reported to be £5 million.