Kyle Bartley has been handed an extended contract that will see him stay at West Brom for at least another year.
His contract, which was due to expire at the end of the season, has now been extended until June 2022, according to The Athletic.
The 29-year-old has enjoyed a resurgence under the no-nonsense style of Sam Allardyce and has been made the club captain.
It means Bartley will be around whatever happens in the rest of this season and whatever division West Brom find themselves in.
Steve Madeley wrote, “The Athletic understands that his original three-year contract, which would have expired at the end of the season, has been extended for another year, so regardless of how Albion’s increasingly desperate fight to stay in the Premier League ends, Bartley looks set to be around next season.”
Good news for Albion
This is very good news for West Brom.
If we are playing in the Championship next season, as looks likely, then having a figure like Bartley at the back can help provide a platform for a title run.
He’s been at his best under Allardyce and West Brom News columnist Kevin Phillips was urging the club to offer Bartley a new contract just yesterday.
Phillips wrote: “Those sorts of players, especially an experienced centre-half, can be hard to find if you’re trying to come up from the Championship. If you’ve already got one on your books, you’d be daft not to follow up on it and try to tie him down for at least a season.”
According to The Athletic, Bartley has made more headed clearances per 90 than any other defender with more than six appearances in the Premier League.
Could this mean that Allardyce is considering staying on even if West Brom go down?
In other West Brom news, Albion have frozen out this player but it’s not for sporting reasons.