Last Updated: Fri, 21 Jun 2013 16:05
Steven Reid's decision to sign a new 12-month contract at West Brom is a massive boost, according to the club's skipper Chris Brunt.
The versatile 32-year-old former Republic of Ireland international looked set to be on his way out of the Hawthorns this summer after he only managed to make 12 appearances in all competitions last season because of injury problems.
And, while boss Steve Clarke also overlooked Reid on several occasions, he decided that he would offer the player an extension to stay at the club until summer 2014.
The news has gone down well with the players and Brunt revealed the importance of having Reid remain within the squad for another season.
"I'm delighted he's extended his stay," he told the club's official website.
"He's a good lad and a good pro. He's a good lad to have around. From the outside people don't probably realise how much of an affect that has on the group.
"You know what you're going to get from 'Reidy'. He's a good leader and we need characters like that.
"He's proved that over the last few seasons here. I'm sure everyone is delighted he's staying.
"He looks after himself well, he's usually the first one in and the last to leave from the gym. When he suffers setbacks it never seems to affect him - he just gets on with it.
"That's the sort of attitude and character you need in the football club. And at his age, he is someone to look up to."
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