West Bromwich Albion F.C. captain Chris Brunt has put pen to paper on a new three-year deal with the club ahead of the 2014/15 English Premier League season.
The Northern Ireland international, who joined West Brom from Sheffield Wednesday in the summer of 2007, tallied three goals and five assists in 29 appearances in all competitions for the club last term.
“I’m delighted we have extended Chris’ contract by a further two years,” Albion boss Alan Irvine said.
“He’s our captain, has great quality and experience and is clearly a very, very important player for us.
“Chris is an influential figure both on and off the pitch. He has the respect of all the players and staff and is a top class professional.”
Brunt joins England goalkeeper Ben Foster, who also committed his long-term future to The Hawthorns this summer, and new arrivals Andrew Wisdom and Joleon Lescott in a new look West Brom squad ahead of the new campaign.
Albion — priced at 5/2 to suffer relegation — have also brought in Brown Ideye, Chris Baird, Craig Gardner, Cristian Gamboa Jason Davidson and Sébastien Pocognoli.
Rodgers: No offers for Daniel Agger
Liverpool F.C. manager Brendan Rodgers has revealed he has not received any offers for wantaway defender Daniel Agger.
The former Brøndby star, 29, has made it clear he wants to leave Anfield following the big-money arrival of Dejan Lovren from Southampton earlier this summer, and understandably so.
The signing of Lovren will likely knock Mamadou Sakho or Martin Skrtel out of the Reds’ starting XI but Rodgers could utilise all in a Louis van Gaal-like 3-5-2 formation.
“I’ve seen some stories on that but, no, we haven’t had any enquiries,” Rodgers said.
“Dan’s still getting some work done on his knee, he’s been a bit unfortunate since America. He’s still getting treatment but we haven’t had anything, no offers.”
Rodgers is delighted with the performances of the club’s new signings in pre-season and has suggested he could sign one or two more players before the close of the transfer window.
“I have been really pleased with all of the signings because they have all come in as part of our strategy and the types of profile of players that we want,” added the 41-year-old.
“One of the pleasing things for me today was that I could make changes in the game and bring players on and still feel that we were strong.
“That hasn’t been the case since I have been here just because of the lack of depth. But today we could make changes and keep that desire and commitment within the team and the quality, very importantly.
“There are maybe one or two more to come, but come the end of August I think we will hopefully have depth in our squad and be ready to challenge.”
All of the above raises one big question, can Liverpool’s current squad compete for the league title? Surely…not.