West Bromwich Albion announced their 2021/22 retailed and released list on Tuesday morning, revealing that Sam Johnstone has departured from the Hawthorns after four years. The 29-year-old wore the No.1 jersey and made 167 appearances in all competitions for the Baggies, but there’s now a hole to fill.

David Button replaced Johnstone for the final five Championship games of the season and is favourite to be Steve Bruce’s permanent option between the sticks – fans have called for the 33-year-old since January. Alex Palmer will be given pre-season to prove his worth, however, after impressing out on loan in the Football League.

Johnstone’s departure will save West Brom £1.7m a year while Button and Palmer had their respective deals extended, so the move is cost-effective. Josh Griffiths is one for the future and will be loaned out next season, so Albion are in a good place between the sticks.

Button kept three clean sheets in his last three league appearances before the campaign came to a close, so Bruce will be hoping he can pick up where he left off next season.

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