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WEST BROM have handed a new three-year deal to de­fender Craig Daw­son – just six weeks after he ap­peared cer­tain to leave.

The Bag­gies turned down a se­ries of bids for the 24-year-old from Burn­ley.

And Daw­son has re­sponded with a se­ries of good dis­plays start­ing in all six of West Brom’s league games so far.

Boss Alan Irvine said: “Ob­vi­ously Craig was very un­set­tled when I first ar­rived in the sum­mer, but we as a club were never in­ter­ested in sell­ing him.

“We felt he had the po­ten­tial to be a top cen­tre-back and once he knew he wasn’t go­ing any­where, he put in very good per­for­mances.

“Get­ting a new deal, which he de­serves, com­pletes a great start to the sea­son for him.”

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