Gareth Barry will not have his contract renewed by West Brom, according to The Athletic journalist Steve Madeley.
Writing on The Athletic website, the former Express & Star reporter said that the 39-year-old “won’t be staying” at The Hawthorns and is likely to be considering retirement.
Barry signed a short-term extension to his contract in order to help West Brom see out the rest of the 2019/20 season but failed to make any of Slaven Bilic’s matchday squads once the campaign restarted in June.
Chris Brunt did the same and while the club has confirmed that he is set to leave, Albion have been quiet on the futures of other players who’ve reached the end of their contracts since the season ended.
Jonathan Bond is another.
The goalkeeper has failed to make a league appearance for the Baggies in his two years at the club and Madeley has suggested that the jury is still out on whether or not he’ll be offered a contract extension.
He wrote: “I’m trying to find out more on Jonathan Bond but I suspect both parties are waiting to see what happens. He will want to know what options are available to him both financially and in terms of playing opportunities — at best I’d imagine he would be third-choice goalkeeper next season — and the club will want to know how that position is shaping up (for example, does Alex Palmer go on loan again?) before they decide whether to offer Bond a contract.”
While there is still hope for Bond, Barry’s understood to have played his final match in a West Brom shirt.
The former Aston Villa midfielder arrived at The Hawthorns three years ago from Everton and in that time made 61 appearances in all competitions.
In that time he was reportedly at the centre of the infamous ‘Taxi-gate’ incident in Barcelona, became the Premier League’s record appearance holder and played in West Brom’s relegation from and promotion back to the top-flight.
He won’t go down as an Albion legend but Barry’s three years in the Black Country won’t be forgotten too quickly.
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