West Bromwich Albion confirmed on Monday that Alex Palmer signed a new deal, keeping him at the Hawthorns until 2026. The 25-year-old’s contract announcement came just hours after David Button’s new deal was announced and suggests the pair will be competing for the vacant No.1 jersey in pre-season.
Sam Johnstone is out of contract at the end of June and has no intention of staying, so his spot in now up for grabs. Button is the frontrunner to be the first-choice goalkeeper in 2022/23 as he’s been Johnstone’s deputy over the course of the campaign, eventually taking over for a few games when the 29-year-old was granted an early summer holiday.
Palmer has been loaned out for much of his West Brom career too and only has one Baggies appearance to his name, but Steve Madeley of The Athletic says the 25-year-old will have the chance to audition over pre-season. Steve Bruce could rotate the pair for friendies before making a final decision. Palmer should be in every matchday squad next season at the very least.
The former England youth international rose through the youth ranks to the fringes of West Brom’s first-team but has played more games on loan elsewhere – Kidderminster (2015/16 ), Oldham Athletic (2018/19), Notts County (2018/19), Plymouth (2019/20), Lincoln City (2020/21), Luton Town (2021/22).
The fact he’s been handed a new deal at the same time as Button shows how much the club values him. Palmer won’t be ignored next season.