Baggies rule out Dawson loan

Hodgson considers defender to be an important part of his plans

Craig Dawson: Has penned a new deal that will keep him at West Brom until at least 2015

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Roy Hodgson will not be allowing Craig Dawson to head back out of West Brom on loan, with the youngster now an important part of his plans.

The Baggies snapped up the promising defender from Rochdale in August 2010 and allowed him to spend the remainder of the season on loan at Spotland.

He returned to the Hawthorns last summer better prepared for life in the Premier League.

The 21-year-old has been restricted to just a handful of appearances in the top tier this season, but he has forced his way into the England U21 squad.

With it expected that he will continue to go from strength to strength in the future, West Brom moved to tie Dawson down on a new three-and-a-half-year contract on Tuesday.

Hodgson was delighted to see the youngster commit himself to the club and says the time has come for him to be a regular part of the Baggies' senior set-up.

Impressed

"He's only been back at the club since the start of the season and we've been very impressed with him, his attitude and his desire," Hodgson told the club's official website.

"We think he's getting better all the time.

"He has a big future ahead of him and it's good he's committed his future to the club.

"We will see what happens next season. I never bother with thinking that far ahead, we'll let next season take care of itself.

"But we're not interested in loaning him out now as he's an important part of our squad."