West Brom captain Chris Brunt hopes boss Steve Clarke will sign a new deal at the club

Chris Brunt: Hopes to see boss Steve Clarke sign a new deal at West Brom soon

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West Brom captain Chris Brunt reckons it is imperative the club offers a new deal to manager Steve Clarke.

The 50-year-old was appointed at The Hawthorns - his first managerial position - on a two-year deal in the summer of 2012.

Albion continued their impressive progress of the last few years under Clarke by finishing eighth last season, their best performance in the Premier League era.

"The club has made it clear they are going to speak to him about a new contract in the New Year. I for one enjoy working with the gaffer and I'd like that to continue. He has taken the club on."

Brunt has been spending time on the fringes at Albion recently, but the 28-year-old is determined to win his place back in Clarke's team.

"It's difficult because for nearly 10 years as a pro, I've been a regular wherever I've been. This year, I've had time on the sidelines watching the games and it's been frustrating," Brunt added.

"As a footballer, you want to play every game because you think you can add something. But you have to respect the head coach's decision.

"He picks a team to go out on a Saturday and win the game.

"This league is mentally and physically challenging so to have extra bodies around the squad is a great thing for the coaching staff to have.

"I want to play every game, but sometimes it's just not possible. Over the last few months, I've experienced that.

"But if you look at the big teams, they have big squads and lots of good players and, if we want to get better, that's what we must aim for. We are starting to do that."