West Bromwich Albion boss Alan Irvine eager to keep Gareth McAuley

Irvine eager to keep McAuley
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West Brom boss Alan Irvine reveals that he is eager for Gareth McAuley to sign a new contract with the club.

West Bromwich Albion boss Alan Irvine has revealed that he wants Gareth McAuley to sign a new contract with the club.

The 34-year-old defender's current terms at The Hawthorns are due to expire in summer 2015.

Despite a lack of first-team action for McAuley this season, Irvine is hoping that the veteran pens an extension with the Baggies.

"I wouldn't want to lose Gareth. I know Gareth is desperate to play but his opportunity to play could come at any moment," the Scot is quoted as saying by the Birmingham Mail.

"Gareth is a really good centre-back and if we were to lose him we would have a really big job on our hands trying to find someone as good as him."

McAuley joined West Brom from Ipswich Town in 2011.

Manager Alan Irvine of West Brom looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Southampton and West Bromwich Albion at St Mary's Stadium on August 23, 2014
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