McAuley expects to sign new West Brom contract

Date published: Sunday 27th March 2016 10:02 - Mark Holmes

Gareth McAuley: Expects to sign new West Brom contract

Gareth McAuley is confident he will still be playing for West Brom in his 38th year after entering into discussions over a new contract at The Hawthorns.

McAuley became the oldest outfield player to appear for West Brom in the Premier League era earlier this month, but the 36-year-old is not thinking about calling time on his career any time soon.

McAuley said: “The discussions are ongoing and hopefully I’ll be playing football at West Brom next season.

“I’m happy at 36 – 37 in December – and I don’t expect to be playing forever.

“But I intend to give myself the best opportunity to try and do just that.

“I feel strong. If I didn’t, I wouldn’t be sitting down talking to the club.

“It’s all positive and shouldn’t be difficult to sort out. I’ve got a half-decent relationship with the boss, Tony Pulis, and he believes in me.

“That gives me the confidence to keep going. I don’t want to let him down, let the lads down or let the club down.

“I take it a year at a time. I came into football late but, touch wood, I’ve never had a bad injury.

“Physically, I’m in decent condition. The main thing is I have the desire to do it, the hunger.

“I’ve been on the other side, doing work in the real world, and I won’t be giving up football that easily!”

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