Veteran confident of Albion deal

Gareth McAuley is hopeful of staying with West Brom beyond this season as he is currently in talks over a new deal extension.

West Brom: Veteran confident of Albion dealWest Brom: Veteran confident of Albion deal

The 36-year-old central defender, who is also looking forward to representing Northern Ireland at Euro 2016 this summer, is already the oldest outfield player to represent the Baggies in the Premier League era.

However McAuley has no plans to call time on his career or step down a level at the moment because he is confident of still being able to perform at the highest level at least for another season.

Therefore he is looking to get tied down to a new contract to remain a part of Tony Pulis’ squad when the new season gets under way in August.

He said: “The discussions are ongoing and hopefully I’ll be playing football at West Brom next season.

“I’m happy at 36 – 37 in December – and I don’t expect to be playing forever. But I intend to give myself the best opportunity to try and do just that.

“I feel strong. If I didn’t, I wouldn’t be sitting down talking to the club.

“It’s all positive and shouldnÂ’t be difficult to sort out. IÂ’ve got a half-decent relationship with the boss, Tony Pulis, and he believes in me.”

McAuley added: “Physically, I’m in decent condition. The main thing is I have the desire to do it, the hunger.”

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