Steve Clarke today called for a resolution to Shane Long’s Albion contract talks as he insisted the Ireland striker still has a major role to play.
Long was back in training with his Baggies team-mates today after the dramatic breakdown of his proposed deadline-day move to Hull.
And Clarke claimed the 26-year-old remains a key player for his side after the pair held talks.
The Hawthorns head coach also made a clear-the-air phone call to Tigers counterpart Steve Bruce after the Baggies claimed Long’s proposed transfer collapsed when the Humberside club tried to renegotiate the £6.5m they had had accepted.
“The decision (to sell Long) was just business,” said Clarke. “There are some things the club has to make a decision on and the club made a decision which was right for them.
“But very quickly the bid collapsed. Everything that was said in the club statement is pretty true.
“Since the club made the statement the whole thing’s gone quiet and that’s the way it should be.
“It was a club decision and obviously I’m part of the club.
“Now it’s for me and Shane to sit down and work out the best way to go forward.
“The contract is something for Shane and his advisor, who I spoke to at length over the last week.
“It is for them to sit down with the club now and get a resolution on that, which would be good for everybody.
“Shane Long is a very, very important member of our squad.
“He’s here, and I’m delighted he’s here.
“Only time will tell how this will affect him but we’ll sit down and talk about the situation.
“He’s here, he’s part of the side and he has a big part to play.
“I spoke to Steve Bruce the day after the deadline and there is no issue between me and Steve, none whatsoever.
“We just had a chat and said how dreadful the last day of the transfer window is because there are so many deals flying around and so many things being said – people trying to cut in on deals – it’s a cattle market.
“It’s not correct that you try to squeeze so much business into 24 hours.”