Exodus starts at The Hawthorns

Last updated : 20 May 2019 By Site Editor

James Morrison, Gareth Barry and Boaz Myhill are all expected to leave The Hawthorns when their contracts expire at the end of June. 

Technical Director Luke Dowling confirmed that the experienced trio, along with Wes Hoolahan and Tyrone Mears will all be released in the summer. 

Club captain Chris Brunt has triggered a one-year extension to his deal and youngster Rekeem Harper has also been offered an improved deal to try and tempt him to stay with the Baggies. 

However, the door has not been completely closed on Morrison, Barry and Myhill with the final decision on their departures given to Albion's new head coach when appointed. 

“They’ve been great pros. They’re at an age and stage in their careers where we have to offer them contracts by the third Saturday in May, it’s the rules and regulations. We have to do that with any out-of-contract player," Dowling explained. 

“But the door won’t be completely shut to them because we’ll wait for me to have a conversation with the new Head Coach to see if he would like them to be part of his plans next season. If he does then negotiations will start if they haven’t signed for another club.”