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Published: 09:38 | 15/4/16

McAuley & Olsson sign new WBA deals

Defenders were out of contract at the end of the season

Defenders Gareth McAuley and Jonas Olsson have signed one-year extensions to their current deals at West Bromwich Albion.

The pair, who were out of contract at the end of the season, will now remain at the Hawthorns until June 2017.

McAuley, who turns 37 in December, is the club's oldest outfield Premier League player and has played 33 times already this season.

"It's great for both Jonas and I. When you're settled somewhere and you enjoy it, and you enjoy the football and the people you work with, it's an easy decision to make," he said..

"The time Jonas has been here has been fantastic and I've really enjoyed the time I've had with him and with the club."

McAuley, who joined West Brom from Ipswich in 2011, believes the club will continue to progress under manager Tony Pulis and chairman Jeremy Peace.

"Speaking to the club and the plans they have moving forward, hopefully we can step on," the Northern Irishman continued.

"Since I've been here it's always been about progression, we staggered a little bit for a couple of years, but I think this season we've progressed again and hopefully with a few additions we can establish ourselves as a top-10 club."

Sweden international Olsson, 33, is pleased at the opportunity to play a ninth season at the Hawthorns following his 2008 transfer from Dutch side NEC Nijmegen.

"It’s good to be part of the squad for another year, it makes it nine for me and six for Gareth," he said.

"It’s nice to be part of this club and I’m happy to play with Gareth for another year.

"When you make decisions about your future, there’s certain things you weigh up and, for me, it really has been about being part of this group for another year."

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