• Gareth McAuley’s contract was set to expire at the end of the month
  • The 35-year-old has extended his stay at The Hawthorns for another year 
  • The Northern Irish centre back joined the Baggies from Ipswich in 2011 

Nick Mashiter, Press Association

Gareth McAuley has signed a new one-year contract with West Brom.

The 35-year-old defender’s previous deal was set to expire at the end of the month, but he has committed his future to the Baggies for another season.

The Northern Ireland international had been linked with Leicester, but Albion boss Tony Pulis has convinced him to stay at The Hawthorns. 

West Brom defender has extended his stay at the club after signing a new one year deal at The Hawthorns

West Brom defender has extended his stay at the club after signing a new one year deal at The Hawthorns

The Northern Ireland international's previous contract was due to expire at the end of the month

The Northern Ireland international’s previous contract was due to expire at the end of the month

McAuley made 31 appearances last season as the Baggies finished 13th in the Barclays Premier League after Pulis replaced Alan Irvine in January.

He joined from Ipswich in 2011 and has played 138 games for Albion, scoring nine times.

McAuley also played in Northern Ireland’s 0-0 Euro 2016 draw with Romania on Saturday.

McAuley told the club’s official Youtube channel: ‘Hopefully we can produce something good next season, hopefully more consistent than we have been over the last couple, aim high, aim for a better points tally than we’ve had previously or at least a top-half finish.’ 

McAuley, pictured closing down Arsenal's Mesut Ozil, made 31 appearances for the Baggies last season

McAuley, pictured closing down Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil, made 31 appearances for the Baggies last season

The 35-year-old was in action for Northern Ireland in Saturday's Euro 2016 qualifier against Romania

The 35-year-old was in action for Northern Ireland in Saturday’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Romania

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