West Brom tie down defensive dogs to new one-year deals

Jonas Olsson & Gareth McAuley: Commit to Albion for another year

West Brom defenders Gareth McAuley and Jonas Olsson have signed one-year contract extensions with the Premier League club.

The contracts for both players were due to end this season but they will now remain at The Hawthorns until the summer of 2017.

Olsson moved to West Brom in 2008 and has made a total of 247 appearances.

He told the club website: “It’s good to be part of the squad for another year. It makes it nine for me and six for Gareth.

“It’s nice to be part of this club and I’m happy to play with Gareth for another year.

“When you make decisions about your future, there’s certain things you weigh up and, for me, it really has been about being part of this group for another year.

“Both of us have been here a long time but I think we can agree that the dressing room we have now really is something special.”

McAuley, who joined the club in 2011 and has made 171 appearances, said: “It’s great for both Jonas and I. When you’re settled somewhere and you enjoy it, and you enjoy the football and the people you work with, it’s an easy decision to make.

“The time Jonas has been here has been fantastic and I’ve really enjoyed the time I’ve had with him and with the club.

“Speaking to the club and the plans they have moving forward, hopefully we can step on.”