In what was a season that tailed away from the Baggies, the Midlands club eventually finished 10th and eight points away from the play-offs.
A report from the Express & Star over the last few days mentioned that Bruce is after a right-back who can compete with Darnell Furlong for first-team duties next season.
Understanding that stance, Carlton Palmer explained to FLW why it would be of benefit for the Baggies to secure another right-sided full-back: “Well, like Steve said, you know, it’s a tough, tough league, you’d like to have two players for every position: A, for competition; B, for injury.
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“And, the one thing that is is now becoming very, very common is there’s a lot of players who will be available on free transfers.”
Bruce ran the rule over Dara O’Shea as a wing-back during last season, and whilst adapting well, it is clear to see he is at his best when deployed centrally.
The Baggies also have Taylor Gardner-Hickman as an option, however, a more recent report from the Express & Star, who were in conversation with club legend Ally Robertson, suggested that a switch to a back four could be on the cards next season, which could hinder his chances of regular inclusion, or even competing as an out-and-out right-back option.
It will be interesting to see how this situation plays out over the summer, especially with several full-backs coming to the end of their respective contracts.