Jonas Olsson says Steve Clarke was key in decision to sign new West Bromwich Albion deal
Last Updated: October 6, 2012 2:11pm
Jonas Olsson: Says the influence of manager Steve Clarke key to his decision to sign a new deal
West Bromwich Albion defender Jonas Olsson has revealed boss Steve Clarke was 'a key factor' in his decision to sign a new deal at The Hawthorns.
The Sweden international finally ended speculation about his future by penning a new four-year contract with the Black Country outfit on Friday.
It is yet another piece of good news for Albion, who have made a fine start under new boss Clarke, who replaced England-bound Roy Hodgson in the summer.
The Baggies are currently in sixth place in the Premier League, with 11 points from their first six games.
Olsson admits he is enjoying life at the club and that the influence of his manager proved decisive in contract negotiations.
"It's been a long process but it's done now and I'm very happy," he told the club's official website.
"I had a few things that were important to me and there were some issues that were important to the club.
"Finally we came to an agreement and I'm very happy. The boss was a key factor for me."
He added: "I really enjoyed playing under Roy Hodgson. The new gaffer has picked up where he left off and, in addition to that, has brought in some very interesting ideas.
"I really enjoy his way of thinking about football.
"He's a very nice person and he's been brilliant over these last couple of months, which has made my decision easier.
"He has been respectful to me about making my own decision."