Greening eyes long-term stay
Jonathan Greening has admitted he wants to see out his career at The Hawthorns.
By Ben Collins
Last Updated: 05/05/08 1:23pm
West Brom skipper Jonathan Greening has admitted he wants to see out his career at The Hawthorns under manager Tony Mowbray.
Greening signed a new four-year deal last summer and played a key role as Mowbray guided the Baggies back into the Premier League.
West Brom clinched the Championship title with a 2-0 win at Queens Park Rangers on Sunday and have been widely-recognised as the best footballing team in the division this season.
Mowbray's desire to play free-flowing football has brought the best out of Greening and the Baggies midfielder is eager to stay as long as Mowbray is in charge.
"I have got another three years left of my contract after this season and under the gaffer, I fully intend to see them out because he has made that big an impact on me," he said.
"I am 29 and I would like to end my career here. This is my fourth full season. I've got three years left and then as long as the gaffer wants me, I'd like to stay as long as I can.
"I just love the way he wants to play the game. It suits me down to the ground. It is good attacking football which I like.
"You can't ask for anything better as a footballer than enjoying training all week and playing on a Saturday the way you like to play - not just kicking and launching the ball forward."
Although some players moved on following last season's play-off final defeat by Derby, Mowbray convinced Greening to commit his long-term future to the club.
Mowbray showed his belief in Greening by handing him the captain's armband this season and the former Manchester United trainee has no regrets about leaving Middlesbrough for a relegation scrap with West Brom in 2004.
"Some people went last summer after we didn't get promoted but I spoke to the gaffer straight after the play-off final game about the future," said Greening.
"He said straight away 'I want to keep you' and that he was going to contact my agent because I only had a year left. The new deal quickly got done.
"He then gave me the captaincy which was a big surprise and that has probably helped my game this year, being a bit more organised, having more responsibility.
"When I first came here, I wasn't too sure about it because I had three years of my contract at Middlesbrough left but I wasn't guaranteed a start and I wanted to play football, which I have done here," Greening added.
"I've played something like 185 games in about four years and I've hardly missed any games. It is one of the best decisions I ever made."