Official: Gareth McAuley signs one-year contract extension with West Brom

West Brom defender Gareth McAuley will be staying with the club for another 12 months.

West Bromwich Albion have confirmed on their official website that centre back Gareth McAuley has signed a new contract with the club.

McAuley, 35, played for Northern Ireland at the weekend, playing 90 minutes in their 0-0 draw with Romania - but immediately, it's back to focusing on his club football.

The experienced defender was set to be out of contract at West Brom later this summer, the club he joined from Ipswich Town in 2011 on a free transfer - and speculation surrounded his future at The Hawthorns as a result.

The Birmingham Mail recently reported that former club Leicester City were looking to bring McAuley back to the King Power Stadium under Nigel Pearson, whilst The Mirror even suggested that Leeds United had an interest in McAuley as new manager Uwe Rosler looks for experienced defensive reinforcements at Elland Road.

However, any hopes of them signing McAuley have now ended, with the defensive stalwart ending all speculation over his future by signing a new one-year contract with the Baggies.

That leaves any interested clubs looking back to the drawing board this summer, with McAuley opting to stay with Tony Pulis' men rather than move on and join a new club - though, given his age, McAuley could well be available again next summer, when his new deal with West Brom will expire.

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