Conor Townsend was rewarded for his fine form under Valerien Ismael with a new deal on November 17, extending his existing contract with West Bromwich Albion until 2025. The 28-year-old is a regular at left-back and has four years remaining on his deal, so the Baggies have protected a valuable asset.

Townsend joined Albion from Scunthorpe United in 2018 and has gone on to make 94 appearances in all competitions, scoring one goal with seven assists. The uncapped Englishman has averaged only 21 appearances in his first three seasons due to injury, but he’s one of the first names on the teamsheet when fit.

Phillips says the contract extension was a good move by West Brom, telling West Brom News: “He’s a good, consistent player who has certainly proven that he is good enough for the Championship, and he did well in the Premier League.

“From my point of view, it’s good that they’ve tied him down to a decent contract and they don’t have to worry about him now moving forward, they can concentrate on someone else. (It’s a) good bit of news, (a) good bit of business from West Brom’s point of view.”

Townsend has made 19 Championship appearances this season, grabbing two assists. He’s played at left-back, centre-back and in midfield, featuring in every league game so far and amassing an impressive 1705 minutes of playing time from a possible 1710.

The 28-year-old appears happy at the Hawthorns and clearly isn’t looking to leave hence the new deal, so the news benefits all parties.

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