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Wes Hoolahan and Tyrone Mears sign contract extensions at West Brom

By Matt Wilson | West Bromwich Albion | Published:

Wes Hoolahan and Tyrone Mears have signed contract extensions at Albion until the end of the season.

Wes Hoolahan. (AMA)

The two experienced campaigners in their mid-30s joined as free agents earlier this season but were out of contract at the end of this month.

However, both are now staying until the end of the season to provide cover following impressive performances against Brighton in the FA Cup.

“Both have been an absolute credit to themselves and played a big part in where we are at this point in the season," said head coach Darren Moore.

“Not just out on the pitch but in the dressing room and in training - they have bought into the culture of unity we have been developing and have been a great influence around the squad.

“It’s a win-win for all. We were all very pleased with the performances of our younger players at the weekend but you cannot underestimate the value of experience in those circumstances either.”

Both Wes and Tyrone have largely played support roles so far and were key figures in nursing an inexperienced Albion team through the FA Cup fourth round tie at Brighton.

Hoolahan said: “I was absolutely thrilled when the gaffer gave me the call to tell me he wanted to extend my stay.

“I’m happy to play whatever role is required of me - as long as the boys are winning, that’s all that matters. It’s a great group of lads to be around and although I had options it was an easy decision to stay here.

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“I think it’s going to be an exciting end to the season and I can play a part in what we’re all trying to achieve.

Mears believes he's getting fitter. He said: “I’m delighted to stay and want to do everything I can to help the club achieve its goals.

“Obviously, it was quite a jump from the MLS to the Championship but I feel I have got stronger and stronger. This is a squad a lot of Championship team would be envious of and I believe one that has got a great chance of getting back to the Premier League.”

Matt Wilson

By Matt Wilson
Football MMPJ - @mattwilson_star

Sports reporter at the Express & Star, who primarily covers West Bromwich Albion.

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