West Brom defender Craig Dawson's former England under-21 coach Stuart Pearce compares him to Jamie Vardy

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The defender signed a new deal at West Brom this afternoon.

West Bromwich Albion today rewarded young defender Craig Dawson a one-year extension to his current deal at the club - keeping at The Hawthorns until 2018.

The 25-year-old has impressed at West Brom over the past 12 months and this season has been playing largely at right-back for Tony Pulis' men.

One man who knows him well has now been speaking about the player. Stuart Pearce managed Dawson for the England under-21 side and the Great Britain Olympic team in 2012.

He was speaking to Sky Sports News today about the player's new deal. He insists that Dawson is a central defender at heart and compared his story to that of Leicester City star Jamie Vardy:

"He is a central defender in my opinion. He's probably not got the mobility.

"But credit to him he has played most of this season as a right-back. Tony's seen something in him as a right-back.

"He's coped pretty well. He has come through the Rochdale system, he is non-league before that. We talk about (Jamie) Vardy coming from non-league, this kid has come from non-league.

"Wonderful professional. As good a professional as you'll ever get."

Dawson started off his footballing education at non-league Radcliffe Borough before earning a move to Rochdale in 2009 at the age of 19.

He has since gone on to prove himself a very talented young defender, with impressive loans back at Rochdale and with Bolton Wanderers, since joining West Brom in 2010.

Now however he finally looks like a fully fledged member of the West Brom starting XI and in time will surely be playing in his favoured central position.

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