Hat-trick hero Dwight Gayle sees his future at West Brom
Hat-trick hero Dwight Gayle sees his future at Albion.
The 28-year-old, who is currently on a season-long loan swap from Newcastle United, has enjoyed his time at The Hawthorns.
He's netted 21 times in 34 league games, and coupled with seven assists, has had a hand in 28 goals in total.
Gayle signed a new contract at Newcastle last summer shortly before coming to Albion, putting him on improved wages until 2021.
But the Magpies are keen to keep Salomon Rondon beyond this season, and Gayle is keen to remain at The Hawthorns.
Although a deal may depend on which division Albion are in and the Baggies' new head coach, Gayle would be open to one.
When asked if he saw himself playing for the Baggies next season, he said: "Yes, of course.
"I’ve really enjoyed the season and the fans have taken to me and showed great support.
"In the summer, I’m going to see what happens but I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time here."
Gayle has an ongoing rivalry with strike partner Jay Rodriguez with both players now on 21 goals.
"I was gutted when he scored!" joked Gayle. "No, we love playing with each other and it’s a pleasure to play with someone of his ability. He is a great pro and the team can learn a lot from him.
"The most important thing is we just finish with promotion. That’s what everyone wants and it’s not going to be a successful (season) unless we do that."
It was Gayle's second hat-trick of the season, and the seventh of the season, and he made sure his team-mates signed the match ball before he took it home.
"There is probably going to be some horrible things written on it because I wasn’t there when they signed it!" he laughed.
The 28-year-old also heaped praise on caretaker boss James Shan for his 'sensational' job over the past six games.
"It was tough for him to take over and he has done sensational," said Gayle.
"What he has given to the team over the last 13 years at the club has been fantastic.
"He has worked so hard in and around the training ground. You can see with our performances what we feel towards him.
"Over the last six games, we’ve picked up 12 points under him which should be enough to get promoted.
"He has done a great job and I wish him all the best for the future."