Date: 2nd July 2016 at 5:30pm
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Midfielder and long serving James Morrison put pen to paper on a new two year deal the other day.

With speculation about a new deal at West Bromwich Albion known, Middlesbrough were also said to be in for their former player but on Thursday he penned the two year extension and Albion have an additional 12 month option in their favour as well.

The Scottish international joined the club back in August 2007 and has now made 278 appearances in the nine years since, with a return of 33 goals.

Speaking to after signing the deal, the 30 year old explained.

‘I was aware of the speculation and some of the stories were true. I had a good sit down and think about it – did I need a new challenge? What more could I do with the Club? I spoke with my family, the Chairman, Richard Garlick and they told me their vision about where we go from here and I also thought about the end of last season. I didn’t like the way I went out – walking around the pitch and then out the door. I had worked too hard for it to finish like that. Now I hope that we can push the club on again because we all have to accept that since finishing eighth we haven’t done as well as we wanted to.’

Head Coach Tony Pulis added.

‘It was inevitable that James would consider his options at the end of his contract but we’re delighted that he has decided to sign back up with Albion. He will be keen to prove his worth this season and we are sure he has a big contribution to make.’

With Morrison going through his decade at the club with this new deal signed, it’s also time to discuss testimonial plans and with Chris Brunt equally in line for the recognition, in 2017 the one time youth teammates at Middlesbrough could celebrate their combined 20 years at The Hawthorns with a joint testimonial match.

Brunt has already reached the 300 mark of appearances, and sitting on 278 Morrison will undoubtedly be the next player to reach that mark, and Morrison explained after signing his deal.

‘At the moment, we have had a gentlemen’s handshake on the idea and we will look at it in more detail further on. But not many players do that in this day and age and it would be nice to celebrate the moment for charity. I will have a chat with Brunty and see if he is up for it.’

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