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Graham Dorrans signs new contract

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Albion midfielder Graham Dorrans has ended speculation over his future by penning a new money-spinning contract until 2015.

Albion midfielder Graham Dorrans has ended speculation over his future by penning a new money-spinning contract until 2015.

The deal is expected to put him on a par with the Baggies' highest earners and it should end talk of the Scotland international midfielder moving to West Ham.

Dorrans has signed a four-year deal with a one-year option in the club's favour, replacing his previous contract which had three years left to run plus a year's option.

The deal would net him more than £5million in wages, should he stay for its full duration and help the Baggies remain in the Premier League.

He said: "It's great to get it sorted out. It's been going on now for a couple of weeks and it's nice just to get it sorted out so I can concentrate on my football, get into training and look forward to the season starting.

"I wouldn't say it's been difficult. It's always nice when teams are interested in you because it means you're doing something right.

"But I was always focused on coming back into training and getting fit. I was still contracted here for another three years, so I was still concentrating on starting the season here.

"Since I came down here it's been great at this club. We've had a change of manager and the lads have been brilliant with me.

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"It's an ambitious club and I am looking forward to kicking the season off in the Premier League.

"I tasted it a little bit last time we were in there, so I am looking forward to having a longer season there and hopefully we can stay up.

"Last season I had to kick on and I did and now I am looking forward to this season, as are all the boys."

Dorrans' future has been at the top of the Hawthorns agenda for much of the summer with the Hammers, having three bids worth up to £5million rejected for the 23-year-old.

The new deal is his third in the last year.

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