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West Bromwich Albion keep on Brunt and Dorrans as club confirms 10 departures

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West Brom have kept on captain Chris Brunt and midfielder Graham Dorrans for another year but 10 players have left The Hawthorns including fans' favourite Zoltan Gera.

Albion have exercised their one-year options on Brunt and Dorrans, who has completed a dramatic return to favour after appearing to be on his way out of the club.

But the Baggies have confirmed the departures of five players in addition to five men whose loans have expired.

Out-of-contract duo Gera and Steven Reid have not been offered new deals while the club have decided not to exercise their one-year option on Liam Ridgewell.

They have triggered a break clause in Diego Lugano's contract after he failed to make an impact and decided against taking up their one-year option on Scott Allan.

Loanees Scott Sinclair, Morgan Amalfitano, Matej Vydra, Thievy Bifouma and Goran Popov have returned to their parent clubs.

The Baggies also expect Billy Jones to depart when his contract expires in June after the full-back rejected a new two-year deal.

Director of football administration Richard Garlick said: "Chris and Graham have given the club long and valued service and played big parts in getting the team over the line last season.

"We have had ongoing discussions with Billy's representatives about a new contract since last October, when we offered him a new long-term deal with substantially-improved terms.

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"Talks are continuing but they have proved fruitless so far as Billy has yet to put pen to paper.

"Zoltan and Steven have been terrific professionals during their many years with us. They have been a real credit to the football club, both on and off the field.

"We know that Zoltan is looking to find another club while Steven, who is keen to carry on playing but is also doing his coaching badges, is considering his options.

"Liam has made a key contribution during the past two-and-a-half years, which we thank him for. He has been a popular member of the dressing room and we wish him well as he looks for a new club.

"I would also like to thank Diego and our five loan signings for their efforts over the past 12 months.

"Scott Allan has found it difficult to break into the first team since arriving two-and-a-half years ago and we wish him well in his future career."

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