Dorrans happy to remain at West Brom, says manager Clarke

The Scottish midfielder handed in an accepted transfer request in January citing a lack of first-team opportunities but failed to depart the Hawthorns when no bids were forthcoming
West Brom head coach Steve Clarke believes that midfielder Graham Dorrans is happy to stay at the club despite failing to land a move away from the Hawthorns in the January transfer window.

The Scotland international had struggled to break into the Baggies' team earlier in the season due to the performances of Youssouf Mulumbu and Cladio Yacob and cited that failure as one of the reasons behind putting in a transfer request in January.

However, after no bids were accepted for the 25-year-old, he has since found a place in Steve Clarke's side who are in search of a highest-ever Premier League finish.

"Graham is in a good place," Clarke explained to reporters. "He's happy, he's comfortable, he wants to play and he's had chances to play.

"We haven't spoken any more about his future since we had the chat in December. He wasn't in the team earlier in the season but that's a problem many players have.

"Some accept it, and some deal with it better than others. Graham has done well. We had a chat before Christmas and we said then that if an offer came up in January that suited Graham and the club would consider it. Nothing did come up and since then he’s knuckled down."

Dorrans has also encountered family problems this season with his daughter suffering from a bout of meningitis, a matter which Clarke also believes played a part in the midfielder's troubles.

"He had a little problem with his family but it wasn't a big issue football-wise," the Scot continued.

"I told him back in December that he still had an important part to play for the team and I think that's proved to be the case as the season has gone on. Everything has been good since then and everyone is fit and healthy."

The Baggies have only lost one of their last five and currently lie eighth in the Premier League on 44 points, just one behind Liverpool.