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James McClean rewarded with 'new-and-improved' contract at West Brom

The Ireland winger has committed his future to the Premier League club.

McClean's original deal at West Brom was until 2018.
McClean's original deal at West Brom was until 2018.
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JAMES MCCLEAN HAS become the latest West Brom player to commit his future to the club after signing a new contract which will see him remain at the Hawthorns until 2019.

The Ireland international follows James Morrison, Craig Gardner and Ben Foster in extending his current terms at the Premier League club.

McClean has put pen to paper on a new ‘improved’ deal with West Brom and has the option of a further year as part of the agreement.

“James thoroughly deserves this and has worked hard to achieve it,” Manager Tony Pulis said.

“James’s attitude and commitment to the group is first class and I’m delighted to see that approach rewarded in this way.”

McClean has featured 17 times for West Brom in all competitions this season, scoring twice, and has also established himself as a key part of Martin O’Neill’s Ireland squad.

Northampton Town v West Bromwich Albion - EFL Cup - Second Round - Sixfields Stadium McClean has scored twice this season. Source: Rui Vieira

The former Derry City winger has found the net three times in the opening four games of Ireland’s 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign.

McClean, 27, joined the Baggies at the start of the 2015/16 season on a three-year contract from Wigan Athletic.

After starting the season as first-choice, McClean has recently lost his starting place to Chris Brunt after a suspension coincided with the Northern Ireland international’s return from injury.

“For what we’ve paid and what the lad’s been earning, he’s been a terrific signing for us,” Pulis added.

“He’s been a good lad and he’s not been in the team lately but his attitude in training and around the place is great.

“He’s scatty, but he’s a good lad with it, he’s not a bad lad. He’s been knocking on my door a few times (to get in the team).”

Local media reports say his new deal has taken McClean’s weekly earnings above £20,000.

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