Shane Long: I'm happy at West Brom

The Irish striker has revealed that he is enjoying his football and has no intentions of leaving the Baggies next season despite reported interest from other clubs
West Bromich Albion striker Shane Long has emphasised his desire to remain at The Hawthorns despite speculation linking him with a move away from the club.

The Republic of Ireland international, who joined the Baggies in 2011, explained that he was enjoying his time at the club and, in particular, working with current manager Steve Clark.

"Am I committed to West Brom for next season? Yes, I'm happy here," he said. "I like playing for the manager here. He is very good, and I'm learning a lot every week."

He continued: "The lads are a good bunch, the family are happy up here, so I'm not looking to move on. I'm concentrating on this season and hopefully getting a few more goals before the summer and kicking on from there."

The 26-year-old has scored nine goals in 27 games for the Baggies this season but has struggled with recurring injuries. He was substituted during West Brom's 2-1 win over Sunderland on Saturday, February 23 after hurting his ankle, but is hopeful of making a full recovery in time for the game against Chelsea on March 2.

"In the first half I rolled it (ankle) and I managed to do it two or three times afterwards, so the gaffer wanted to spare me for next week (against Chelsea).

"It didn't feel the best after the game but hopefully I can get a better assessment in the next couple of days," added the striker.