Chris Brunt praises West Brom forward planning

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Captain Chris Brunt believes Albion have struck two major deals for the future in securing James Morrison and Jonas Olsson on new long-term contracts.

The key midfielder and defender ended any doubts about their future by agreeing new four-year deals.

And Brunt believes the long-term planning is another major component of Albion's bid for more Premier League progress this season.

"What has been important for us in the last few weeks is getting people like Mozza and Jonas on new long-term contracts," said the Northern Ireland international.

"They've been here a long time, they know the place inside out and have been big players in the success we've had over the last four or five years, so I think it's right to see them rewarded for that.

"And it's great for the club to have them tied down here for seasons to come.

"It's important to have a core of people who have been here a long time because they understand the place and have a special feel for the club and, speaking for myself, having that affinity with the club is really nice.

"Those boys and myself are experienced footballers now compared with when we joined and that goes a long way at a club like ours, especially if you can add to it with guys like Gareth McAuley, Liam Ridgewell and Steven Reid, who have played a lot of games."

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