McAuley: West Brom duo need new deals

9. Youssouf MulumbuWest Brom need to tie down key duo Shane Long and Youssouf Mulumbu to longer term deals, according to Gareth McAuley.

The Northern Ireland international central defender, who picked up the Player of the Year awards at the Hawthorns following an excellent campaign, pledged his own future to the club on Friday when he signed a new one-year extension to keep him at the club until summer 2015.

And the 33-year-old has been quick to point out that the priority now is to ensure influential striker, Long, and key midfielder, Mulumbu, are tied down to deal beyond two years’ time.

Long has been heavily linked with a move away over the course of the past season, but the Republic of Ireland international has always maintained that he is happy at the club, while Mulumbu has already said he is keen to sign a new deal.

McAuley told the club’s website: “They are big and important players for us and I’m sure it will be sorted out.

“It’s like my situation. I had next year as well so there’s no rush or real pressure on it.

“But everyone will want it sorted out and the sooner it happens, probably the better it is for the lads and for the club.”

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