West Brom have announced via their official website that defender Craig Dawson has signed a contract extension at the club.

The 25-year-old joined Albion from Rochdale in 2011 and his contract was set to expire in the summer of 2017, but his new deal adds a further 12 months to that date, meaning he’s now committed to the club until the end of the 2017/18 season.

Dawson has been the first choice right-back this season and his new deal, with the added personal bonus of a wage increase, will ensure that Tony Pulis has his man at the club for at least another two seasons.

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Dawson spoke about his delight at extending his stay at West Brom and admitted that the regular starting role he’s had under Pulis made the decision even easier.

I was really pleased to be able to extend my contract here, and that will take it until the summer of 2018. I’m really enjoying my football, especially over the last year and a half when I’ve been a regular in the first team. I feel like I’ve developed as a player over that period and I just want to continue on with that.

The defender also said that he and his family are settled in the area and that now the deal has been finalised, he can fully concentrate on playing football.

I’ve been down here a few years now, the family is settled in this area, so it was a very easy decision to extend my contract. It means I can just concentrate on playing and doing everything I can to stay in the team and carry on contributing to things.