Date: 30th September 2014 at 5:10pm
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Defender Craig Dawson has topped off his greater involvement in the first team this season by penning a new contract that will see him stay at the club until the summer of 2017.

The 24 year old has been rewarded with the three year deal following his growingly impressive displays at the back as Albion have found their feet this campaign and it does come after a summer of speculation linking him to Burnley, where head coach Alan Irvine went to pains to point out he more than had a future here he just had to believe in himself and be a little more patient.

With how Irvine has relied on him so far given injuries and form that will have given Dawson a boost as a the gaffer has been true to his word, starting all six games for us so far and scoring his first goal for the club during our victory over Burnley.

Speaking to wba.co.uk Irvine said of the deal.

‘Obviously Craig was very unsettled when I first arrived but we were never interested in selling him. We felt he had the potential to be a top centre back and once he got his head settled and knew he wasn’t going anywhere he started to put in very good performances. His level of consistency has kept him in the team despite our having top international centre backs breathing down his neck.’

Irvine goes on to say that getting the new contract, ‘which he thoroughly deserves’ does complete a great start to the season for him, and he’s pleased for him, and with that security now he’s looking forward to seeing him maintain those levels and then improve his game further.

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