Long expects West Brom stay

  • Last Updated: January 6 2014, 15:10 GMT

Shane Long does not expect to be on his way out of West Brom during the January transfer window.

Shane Long: Linked with West Brom exit
Shane Long: Linked with West Brom exit

Shane Long

9. Shane Long

Title Number
Appearances 11 (3)
Goals 0
Assists 2
Yellows 3
Reds 0
*Current Season

The Republic of Ireland international came close to moving on last summer, with Hull City seeing an offer accepted.

No deal was done then, but the Tigers are said to remain keen on acquiring the services of a proven Premier League performer.

They are not the only club in the running, with Long's current contract set to expire at the end of the season.

West Brom do have a 12-month option on that agreement, though, and the 26-year-old striker says he is prepared to stick around for as long as he is wanted.

When asked if he still expected to be a Baggies player on 1st February, Long said in the Birmingham Mail: "Yes. No offers have gone in, no offers have been accepted and I know as much as anyone else does.

"I'm just concentrating on going to training tomorrow to try to get three points at Southampton.

"There have been no further talks and there are no further offers on the table.

"I'm contracted until the end of this season and then if West Brom want to take up the option after that, then I'll have another season. I'll play as long as my contract is here, if West Brom still want me.

"I train every day and try to get my name on the team sheet on Saturday. The rest will take care of itself. At the moment I'm a West Brom player and that's all I'm concentrating on."

Meanwhile, Long has called on West Brom to make a decision on their managerial vacancy, with Keith Downing having been in caretaker charge since Steve Clarke was relieved of his duties on 14th December.

He added: "Obviously Keith and Dean (Kiely) have come in and done a terrific job. They got six points from the four games and they've done very well but, yes, we'd like a bit of clarity, not least for the players to understand what the rules will be under a new manager.

"It's always a new lease of life because people want to impress him, but the lads are playing well for Keith and that's important too, so if he stays a bit longer that's good too.

"We're surprised Keith doesn't want it because he's been at the club a long time, he knows his football and he's good enough.

"He knows how the club runs and I'd like to think he was in with a shout, but it was his decision. If he doesn't want to be selected, I hope he stays on as a coach."

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