Dorrans bags new deal - UPDATE

Last updated : 08 May 2009 By Iain Bate - Wba-mad Editor

Graham Dorrans’ impressive run of form has earned the former Livingston midfielder a new improved three-year deal at The Hawthorns.  The 22-year-old, who celebrated his birthday on Tuesday, has been given the perfect present only a week after being called up to the Scottish B squad.

The midfielder, who only made his full Premier League debut against West Ham in March, joined from Livingston last January – before being immediately loaned back before his permanent switch for an initial bargain £100,000 in the summer.

Dorrans was somewhat of a lucky charm in his first five appearances as Albion stayed unbeaten with a number of eye-catching performances and scooped the Man-of-the-Match award against Sunderland before limping off.

“It's great my future lies here for the next few years,” Dozza said,

When I joined the club I knew I wouldn't get in the first team straight away.

"But I managed to play a few reserve-team games, got myself into the first team and I've done okay since then, which is great.

"Working with some great players and coaches here means obviously you're going to improve as a player.

"The gaffer has given me my chance and I'm grateful for that.

"Twelve months ago I was playing in League One in Scotland so it's surreal to be playing in the Premier League now.

"This new contract is a big boost for me and hopefully I can kick on from here.

"I've thoroughly enjoyed my time here and I didn't think twice about signing it.

"The club is fantastic and it's been perfect for me.

"I've had several chats with the manager and it's great when you work with people of that calibre."

Albion are hoping Dorrans is fit to face Wigan at The Hawthorns tomorrow (KO 3pm) after returning to training with the foot injury which forced him to miss the defeat at Tottenham last weekend.