Reid pens new Baggies deal

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West Brom defender Steven Reid has signed a new two-year contract which will keep him at the Hawthorns until the summer of 2014, the club have confirmed.

Reid's current deal was due to run out this summer although the club could have exercised a 12-month option which was in their favour.

But the new deal is a reward for the form Reid displayed before recently undergoing ankle surgery which sidelined him for the remainder of the campaign.

Former Republic of Ireland international Reid, 31, has operated in midfield for the majority of his career.

But he has been successfully converted into a right-back by the Baggies and played a major part in them becoming established in the Barclays Premier League.

Reid initially joined West Brom on a month's loan from Blackburn towards the tail-end of the 2009-2010 season when they sealed promotion from the npower Championship.

He completed a permanent switch to Albion that summer when he also announced his retirement from international football after winning 23 caps.

Albion sporting and technical director, Dan Ashworth, said: "We're delighted to have agreed a new contract with Steven. He's had a good, solid season and proved he is still more than capable of playing Premier League football.

"He is also a fantastic person to have around the training ground. Steven is valued by the club not just because of what he brings to the football field, but also his contribution off it.

"He has an important role to play as we look to establish ourselves as a top-flight club."

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