West Brom stalwart Chris Brunt has told the Express and Star that he hopes to be at the club next season whether they go up or not.
Brunt has spent twelve years at the Hawthorns, experiencing his share of ups and downs, but is still going strong at the age of 34.
They’re currently firmly placed in the top six, hoping to find some form ahead of a possible play-off showdown. Having recently sacked Darren Moore, much is up in the air for the Baggies and their future direction is unclear.
Brunt, who joined them for £3m from Sheffield Wednesday in 2007, has 400 appearances to his name for the club, but just 16 league starts this season. He’s been used frugally as a substitute, but is no longer considered an automatic starter.
Is that enough to warrant another year with the Baggies? Or is his declaration of commitment a cry for help as much as anything?
Our FLW panel discuss.
“He’s a good experienced pro to have around the place.
“That could come in handy on the training pitch for the youngsters and even late on in games when things need to be calmed down.
“I think West Brom could give or take having Brunt there next year, I think there are bigger things to worry about to be honest.”
“I think it’s time to move on.
“Brunt has been a great servant but hanging on to these experienced players following a relegation rarely works out.
“It is time to rebuild.”
“I’d be surprised if a new manager did want to keep Brunt.
“He’s done well for them over the years, but he’s getting on a bit now.
“He lacks the legs for a title challenge in the Championship.
“It’s time to bow out gracefully.”