Meite wants contract extension
West Brom defender Abdoulaye Meite hopes to earn a contract extension at The Hawthorns.
Last Updated: 27/04/11 2:58pm
West Brom defender Abdoulaye Meite hopes to earn a contract extension at The Hawthorns following the club's turnaround under Roy Hodgson.
Former West Brom boss Roberto Di Matteo wanted Meite, 30, to leave the club in January after failing to play a single league game in the season up to that point.
But following the arrival of Hodgson in February, the Ivory Coast international has featured in a seven-match run which has involved just one defeat and has taken West Brom to the brink Premier League safety.
Meite has performed a U-turn as a result and instead of considering quitting the club he is now hopeful that West Brom decide to activate the 12-month extension option in his current contract
"Yes, I did think I might need to leave," he said. "It was hard for me but I've tried to be professional because I'm a footballer. This is life.
"I had a chance to leave in January. There were a few things but I said I preferred to stay here and would then see in the summer.
"Football, you can be the hero one day and on the floor the next day. I was on the floor but now I'm playing I am okay.
"I am happy here and yes, of course, I would like to stay.
"I know I have had something to prove to the fans, to the club and to myself.
"This is now my time to try and do it. I still have a few years left. I am confident of playing some more."