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West Brom’s Chris Brunt aims for coaching gig post-retirement

West Brom’s longest-serving player Chris Brunt has revealed his future plans in a recent interview as he nears the expiry of his current contract at the club.

What’s the word?

The 35-year-old has been at the Hawthorns since 2007 and has gone on to make over 400 appearances but has been restricted to just three cup starts and five substitute cameos in the Championship this season.

Last month, he very nearly joined league rivals Stoke City to end a 13-year stay at the Baggies but the deal fell through at the final hour.

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And it appears to be increasingly likely that he won’t be offered a fresh extension, especially if Slaven Bilic guides the west Midlanders back to the top-flight.

But Brunt is defiant in his wish to continue playing and has even eyed up a post-retirement career in coaching – when asked about a potential coaching career, he said: “I probably will” before adding:

“I think walking away from football altogether when you have been involved your whole life would be really tough.

“I’d probably like a bit of time off with my family to do bits and pieces that I haven’t been able to do over the last few years.

“But that will probably be something I will look into at some stage but hopefully not for a couple of years yet.

“I want to play next season and keep going as long as I can because the thought of having to do something else is a pretty scary one to be honest.

“All I’ve wanted to do since I was six years old kicking a ball against my mum’s fence was play football and once that is taken away from you it is a massive reality check.”

Won’t be forever

Even though the end seems near for Brunt’s relationship with Albion, it surely will not be the last we see of him around the Hawthorns.

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The club have been very helpful towards their former players by handing them a platform to help smooth the transition between a playing and coaching career.

Both Boaz Myhill and James Morrison, who is actually younger than Brunt, have taken up full-time positions amongst Slaven Bilic’s coaching staff this season.

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You’d imagine a legend like Brunt will be back to follow suit in a couple of years time, he’s immensely popular around these parts.

At least for now, the veteran midfielder can play a small part in steering the club back to the Premier League – his presence around the place will surely be a big influence.

And in other news, Kyle Edwards receives funny throwback wish from ex-Baggies FLOP… 

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