West Bromich Albion’s preparations for life in the SkyBet Championship have taken a hit, as it has been announced that three players are set to leave the club once their contracts expire, West Brom confirmed.
Gareth McAuley, Claudio Yacob and Boaz Myhill are all not renewing their contracts with the Baggies.
Centre-back McAuley will be the most missed of the trio – as he racked up 227 appearances for the Midlands club – however, goalkeeper Myhill has been at the club since 2010.
Argentine Claudio Yacob has also been a long serving midfielder for the club with 175 appearances, managing just two goals in that time.
James Morrison – whose future is in doubt at the club – has been invited to join the squad for pre season training as his contract has expired.
West Brom fans will be sad to see these regular faces leave the club, however Darren Moore has illustrated that he is not afraid to make big decisions for the club as he aims to get the club back into the Premier League in his first season as Head Coach.
In a statement published by the club, Moore said: “I would like to personally thank all three players for their loyal service to this football club and I wish them well in their respective futures,”
“They have been absolute stalwarts of this club and they should all be proud of their time here.
“It was a very difficult decision not to offer each of them a new contract and I did not take that decision lightly.
“It was, however, a decision I felt was in the best interests of the football club.”
This could be the beginning of a bad few weeks for West Brom fans, as their rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers have been linked with Baggies star-striker Salomon Rondon. It is likely we will be seeing a very different line-up to usual at the Hawthorns for the coming season.