Gareth McAuley explains reasoning behind his West Brom contract extension

The defender turned down a move to Leeds to sign a contract extension with West Brom.

As reported by the Mirror recently, Leeds United were keen on signing out-of-contract defender McAuley, but he has told the Birmingham Mail why he wanted to stay with the Baggies.

“I am really pleased, it is what I wanted to extend my stay here,” he said. “It feels like home really. I’ve had a great time here. I wasn’t looking to go anywhere else and I’m looking forward to a new challenge in the 12 months ahead.”

The same report also references interest in him from Leicester, Watford, Bournemouth and Norwich, but the 35-year-old defender agreed a 12 month extension to see him through at the Hawthorns until the end of the 2015/16 season.

The Northern Irish international is a key part of Tony Pulis’s first-team at the Hawthorns, making 31 appearances across all competition last term, and not missing a single Premier League game from the moment Pulis was appointed manager.

With his increasing age, and his contract expiring, if McAuley had left the club this summer it would not have been a surprise, and he would have been a great

However, he has proven his ability in the Premier League countless times, and if he continues to perform then age will not be a factor in how long he can stay with the Baggies.

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