Brunt hails Hodgson influence

The Northern Ireland international this week put pen to paper on an

improved three-year deal plus a further option in the club’s

favour, potentially keeping him at The Hawthorns until 2015. Former

Inter Milan and Blackburn boss Hodgson replaced Roberto Di Matteo

in February and guided West Brom to Premier League safety. Brunt

told the club’s official website: “I was pleased with how I played

last season and obviously the club were as well. Hopefully we can

pick up where we left off. “I’m looking forward to working with the

head coach again. I’ve learnt a lot about my game and generally

about the way he coaches the team as well. “I’ve really enjoyed

working under him and he was a big influence in me signing my

extension.”