Watson boost for Baggies
By Tom Adams
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Steve Watson has signed a new two-year deal with West Bromwich Albion.
Steve Watson has signed a new two-year deal with West Bromwich Albion, handing a boost to Baggies boss Bryan Robson as he prepares for the upcoming Championship season.
Watson's future had been in doubt due to a clause in his contract that enabled him to leave for free when the Midlands side were relegated last season, and the versatile former Everton man had indicated he could be tempted to join a top flight side.
However Robson has now convinced the 32-year-old to stay on at The Hawthorns, with Watson signing a two-year deal to delight his manager.
"It's great news Steve is staying with us," Robson told the club's official website.
"His ability to play in different positions should again prove a valuable asset to the squad.
"His knowledge of the game should also hold him in good stead in The Championship."
Jason Koumas could also be staying at The Hawthorns for the coming campaign, as Cardiff City, where he spent last season on loan, are yet to table a suitable offer for the Welsh midfielder.
Koumas impressed last season for The Bluebirds and Robson says he would have no qualms in using the midfielder in his Championship campaign should Cardiff not up their valuation of the player.
"Cardiff have not made an offer that is acceptable to this football club," Robson added.
"So Jason is a West Brom player. He is contracted to us and he could still have a big part to play for the club.
"He scored 12 goals for Cardiff last season, so that shows what a good player he can be in this division."