Brunt signs new Baggies deal

Brunt has agreed terms on a three-year extension, plus a further

season’s option in the club’s favour, potentially taking him up to

the end of the 2014-2015 campaign. Head coach Roy Hodgson said:

“I’m pleased Chris has been rewarded with this extension on

improved terms. It is fully deserved.” Just last week last season’s

players’ and fans’ player of the year in fellow midfielder Youssouf

Mulumbu also pledged his future to Albion through to the end of

2015. For Brunt, the latest deal is the second time he has been

offered a one-year contract extension in just 13 months,

highlighting the exceptional form he displayed last season. The

26-year-old, who cost Albion £3million in 2007 when signed

from Sheffield Wednesday, took up the skipper’s armband in January

this year from goalkeeper Scott Carson. In a strong second half of

the season, that coincided with Hodgson’s arrival in mid-February,

Brunt lost just three games as captain as Albion went onto finish a

high of 11th in the Premier League. With 157 appearances and 31

goals behind him for Albion, Hodgson added on Brunt: “He’s been a

great club servant and I’m delighted he’s committed himself for a

longer period.”