‘I wouldn’t want to lose him,’ Irvine on West Brom star

Alan Irvine has his say on West Bromwich Albion defender's contract situation.

West Bromwich Albion manager Alan Irvine has been speaking about the prospect of defender Gareth McAuley remaining at the club beyond this season.

The 34-year-old’s current contract runs out in the summer of 2015, but the Baggies boss wants to keep him if possible.

In comments published by the Birmingham Mail, Irvine said, “I don’t deal with that situation but, having said that, I am an admirer of Gareth McAuley.

“I said right from the beginning when we brought Joleon (Lescott) in, that we need four Premier League centre-backs and we’ve got four.

“I wouldn’t want to lose Gareth. I know Gareth is desperate to play but his opportunity to play could come at any moment.”

McAuley is yet to appear in the league this season, with his only two senior appearances coming in the League Cup games against Oxford United and Hull City, against whom he scored.

But having racked up 33 appearances in all competitions last season, it would be no surprise if McAuley considered his options given the increased competition at West Brom in more recent times.

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