West Brom reward Dawson with new contract

Rob Conlon
Craig Dawson: Defender signed 12-month extension

Craig Dawson: Defender signed 12-month extension

Craig Dawson has been rewarded for establishing himself in West Brom’s starting XI by being handed a new deal at the Hawthorns.

Last month Tony Pulis revealed the Baggies are in talks with a number of players over new deals, with the likes of James Morrison, Gareth McAuley, Stephane Sessegnon, Jonas Olsson and Victor Anichebe all out of contract at the end of the season.

Dawson is the first to put pen to paper. The former Rochdale man was contracted until 2017 but has agreed an extra 12 months with improved terms at the Baggies.

The 25-year-old, who joined Albion in 2011, has made 31 appearances this term to become Tony Pulis’ first-choice right back.

“I was really pleased to be able to extend my contract here, and that will take it until the summer of 2018,” he told the club’s official site.

“I’m really enjoying my football, especially over the last year and a half when I’ve been a regular in the first team. I feel like I’ve developed as a player over that period and I just want to continue on with that.

“I’ve been down here a few years now, the family is settled in this area, so it was a very easy decision to extend my contract. It means I can just concentrate on playing and doing everything I can to stay in the team and carry on contributing to things.”

Former England Under-21 man Dawson has made 97 appearances for the Baggies, scoring four times.