McAuley wants to extend West Brom stay

The Northern Ireland international is elated to be with the Baggies and wants to remain at the Hawthorns for the foreseeable future by penning a new contract beyond 2014

West Brom defender Gareth McAuley wants to follow in the footsteps of fellow centre-back Jonas Olsson by signing a long-term deal with the club.

The 32-year-old has forged a solid partnership at the back with the Swedish international, and has been an integral part of the team first under Roy Hodgson and now under new boss Steve Clarke.

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West Brom have enjoyed an excellent start to the season under the former Liverpool number two and are currently sixth in the Premier League.

McAuley's contract expires in 2014, but he is adamant that he would love to remain at the club beyond that after joining the Baggies in the summer of 2011 from Ipswich.

He told the Birmingham Express and Star: "I'd love to stay. I don't want it to end and I just want to keep playing for as long as I can, winning games, and if I can keep putting in performances, why not?

"I started at the bottom, why not finish at the top? How long is a hard one to answer - obviously, I look after myself and fitness isn't a problem.

"I've come into the game later as well so maybe my body hasn't taken as much of a battering as all the young lads who have come through academies."