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Chris Brunt staying at West Brom but James Morrison and Gareth Barry not offered contracts

By Matt Wilson | West Bromwich Albion | Published:

Chris Brunt will be staying at Albion next season but James Morrison and Gareth Barry have not been offered new contracts.

James Morrison's final contribution to Albion could be scoring a penalty on Tuesday. (AMA)

Club captain Brunt will remain at The Hawthorns for a 13th season after triggering a 12-month extension on his deal through performance.

Midfielders Morrison and Barry, as well as goalkeeper Boaz Myhill, have not been offered new contracts by the club but 'the door isn't completely shut to them'.

Out-of-contract teenager Rekeem Harper has been offered a deal but is yet to sign it while Tyrone Mears and Wes Hoolahan are both leaving the club.

Albion have published their retained list today ahead of the EFL's deadline tomorrow.

It confirms that long-serving midfielder Morrison could have played his final game for the club after 12 seasons at The Hawthorns.

He is now free to find another club, but if a new head coach wants to keep Morrison, Barry or Myhill, the Baggies will reopen talks.

“They’ve been great pros," said technical director Luke Dowling. "They’re at an age and stage in their careers where we have to offer them contracts by the third Saturday in May, it’s the rules and regulations. We have to do that with any out-of-contract player.

“But the door won’t be completely shut to them because we’ll wait for me to have a conversation with the new head coach to see if he would like them to be part of his plans next season.

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"If he does then negotiations will start if they haven’t signed for another club.

“On behalf of everyone at Albion I’d also like to thank Wes Hoolahan and Tyrone Mears, who when they came in and played, were great.

"They were great pros within the squad and really good people. They bought into what we wanted to do and, although they’ve only had one season with us, we also thank them as well."

Last summer, Brunt penned a one-year deal with an extra year based on appearances.

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Signed in 2007, the same summer Morrison joined the club, Brunt is now set to stay for a 13th season.

“Chris had a contract with us this year and there was a years’ option that was based on appearances which he made," said Dowling. "Chris, our captain, will be with us again next season.

"It’s good for us to have his experience. He knows the club inside out and, if we want to bring in some slightly younger players, then we want them to come in and look up to someone like Chris.

"He’s been here for 12 seasons, he can put an arm round them. I’m sure he benefitted from that as a younger player and he can now do that for them."

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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