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Tuesday 21 February 2012

West Brom's Dawson signs long-term deal

Baggies defender commits to Hawthorns club until summer of 2015

Craig Dawson has forced himself into first-team reckoning at West Brom this season

West Brom defender Craig Dawson has signed a new long-term contract at the Midlands club.

The 21-year-old has put pen to paper on an improved three-and-a-half year deal - with another year's option in the club's favour - which will keep him at the Hawthorns until the end of the 2014/15 season.

"We believe Craig has got a very bright future as a Premier League player"
- Roy Hodgson

Dawson joined the Baggies in August 2010 from Rochdale, before re-joining the League One club on loan for the whole of last season.

This term he has forced his way into the reckoning at the Hawthorns, making six appearances in the Barclays Premier League and another four in the cup competitions.

West Brom manager Roy Hodgson has been delighted with England Under-21 defender Dawson's progress since he hooked up with the first-team squad.

"Speaking not only personally, but on behalf of everyone at the club, we are all very happy Craig has committed his long-term future to West Brom," Hodgson told the club's official website.

"Since he joined up with the team at the start of the season he has been very impressive, both in training and games.

"We believe he has got a very bright future as a Premier League player and it's nice that Premier League future is going to be with West Bromwich Albion."

Dawson joined Rochdale from non-league outfit Radcliffe Borough and helped Dale win promotion out of League Two in the 2009-10 season, making 94 appearances for the club in total and scoring 22 goals.

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Key Points

  • Craig Dawson signs new contract with West Brom
  • Defender to stay at club until end of 2014/15 season
  • Dawson has broken into first team at the Hawthorns