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Monday, October 29, 2012
Brunt wants new West Brom deal

Ian Edwards

West Bromwich Albion captain Chris Brunt wants to become the next member of Steve Clarke's squad to commit his long-term future to the club.

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Brunt, 27, has been linked with Everton and Fulham in the last 12 months, while playing a crucial part in helping Albion consolidate their position as regular members of the Premier League.

The Northern Ireland international has around 19 months to run on his existing deal at the Hawthorns and would like to follow in the footsteps of James Morrison and Jonas Olsson, who have recently signed new four-year contracts.

"Speaking for myself, having that affinity with the club is really nice and I'd love to be able to carry that on here for a long time to come," he said.

"It's so important to get people like James and Jonas on new contracts. They have been big players in the success we've had here and it is right to see them rewarded.

"It's important to have a core who have been here a long time because they understand the place and have a special feel for the club. Having players like that around gives the club an identity."

Albion sporting and technical director Dan Ashworth recently confirmed that much of the work done between now and the 2013 summer transfer window will be to identify new transfer targets and decide which of the current crop of players to keep long-term.

Brunt is currently out of the team with a hamstring injury but is hoping to be fit for the November 5 game with Southampton at the Hawthorns.

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