Baggies release unwanted trio

BY foxsports • May 25, 2011

Ivory Coast defender Meite had been hoping to convince Roy Hodgson he was worthy of a new deal at The Hawthorns, but the free-transfer signing of Gareth McAuley appears to have dashed his prospects. Dutch full-back Zuiverloon had been expecting to leave after failing to feature since Hodgson took charge as manager and midfielder Barnes has also been let go. Sporting technical director Dan Ashworth told the club's official website: "I would like to thank Abdoulaye, Gianni and Giles for all their efforts during their time with us and wish them every success in their future careers. "These decisions are never easy, nor are they taken lightly, but we believe they are the right ones for the football club at this present time. "Abdoulaye played an important role in the last 11 games in helping the team achieve safety with three matches to spare, which came on the back of his contribution to our promotion success last season. "Gianni did very well in the early part of his first season in the Premier League two years ago and also figured prominently last season - but he has found first-team chances much harder to come by this term. "Giles was involved in some key moments towards the end of last season's promotion but, like Gianni, has not featured as often as he would have liked this season." However, left-back Cech and striker Bednar will be staying at West Brom after the club decided to take up one-year options on their contracts. Canadian striker Marcus Haber has not had his 12-month option activated, but has been invited to train with the Baggies in pre-season in a bid to secure a new deal. Ashworth added: "Marcus has had an unfortunate season, with his year-long loan at St Johnstone being cut short by a serious knee injury last November. "With that in mind, we have offered him the chance to continue his rehabilitation with us over the summer with a view to earning another contract, as by this time he will be fully recovered."

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