West Bromwich Albion bid farewell to three long-serving players, fans react

At this stage of the year, every football club have a collection of players that leave when their contracts expire.

For West Bromwich Albion, three of their departing members are well-known first-team individuals.

Gareth McAuley, Claudio Yacob and goalkeeper Boaz Myhill will leave The Hawthorns when their contracts run out at the end of June.

Myhill is the long-serving player out of the bunch as he has been at the club for the past eight years, and during that time he registered 82 appearances.

McAuley has been a regular feature for West Brom since his switch to the club in 2011 from Ipswich Town.

The defender has amassed 227 appearances and has even scored 17 goals in that time.

The surprising departure is Yacob, who has been part of the club’s midfield for the past six years, racking up 175 outings.

After learning of the news, many fans questioned the decision not to hand Yacob a new contract as they feel that the 30-year-old could do a decent job in the Championship.

Others are saddened by the trio’s exits, while others think that it is a sign that the Baggies are moving forward.