By George Overhill

21st May, 2022 | 6:20am

Romaine Sawyers leaves West Bromwich Albion with contract option not activated

West Brom midfielder Romaine Sawyers has left the club after they decided not to activate their one-year contract option, Steve Madeley reports.

The 30-year-old had been on loan at Stoke City this season, making 29 appearances, and an extended stay appeared likely last month when Steve Bruce admitted he was a fan.

Ahead of the Baggies’ meeting with the Potters in April the Albion boss had said, via Express and Star: “He is in my thoughts. I’ve always liked him as a player.”

Talks with the Saint Kitts and Nevis international were planned for the summer, but it appears they have been unsuccessful and the former Baggies youth player will now leave.

Madeley reported on Twitter Saturday morning (21 May): “BREAKING Romaine Sawyers is a free agent after Albion decided not to activate their one-year option on his contract.

“Sad to see his homecoming end anticlimactically after such a promising start but not hugely surprising news.”

Exit

After he returned to the club in 2019 things looked extremely positive for Sawyers, as he was a key contributor to the team being promoted from the Championship under Slaven Bilic.

He was named in the second tier’s team of the season that year while making 42 league appearances.

But during the ultimately doomed return to the Premier League last season he fell out of favour badly under Sam Allardyce, and was deemed surplus to requirements ahead of this year despite the Englishman having moved on.

There is little money to spend this summer to overhaul the squad, which is a must considering the showing last year.

But even despite the fact that Bruce apparently rated him previously as a player and he would effectively be a cheap addition for him, the boyhood Baggies fan’s time at the club is over.

He completes his time at the Hawthorns having made 64 appearances and scoring one goal.

In other West Brom news, the club are “actively chasing” a sought-after Championship transfer target.

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