Gaardsoe pens new deal
THOMAS Gaardsoe has given Albion a big pre-season boost by signing a new
three-year contract - and he insisted: "I'll give everything for the club."
The Baggies exercised their one-year option on the 25-year-old centre-half
earlier this summer but Gaardsoe has now committed himself to the club until
After being recalled for February's FA Cup exit at Tottenham, Gaardsoe
started Albion's final 13 games last term and played a key role as Bryan
Robson's men pulled off their unforgettable Great Escape.
And fan-favourite Gaardsoe is delighted to have extended his Hawthorns
stay - despite interest from other clubs.
"I'm really, really pleased to have signed a new three-year contract," he
"There was no doubt in my mind when we were negotiating the deal that I
wanted to stay.
"I had a bit of interest from other clubs in this country and abroad but I
really wanted to stay at Albion where I'm very happy.
"I'm proud to play in front of these fans.
"They've been really good to me ever since I came to the club."
Gaardsoe hailed the impact Robson and his assistant Nigel Pearson have had
on the club during their eight months at the helm.
"I'm really happy with the new management team plus the atmosphere and
spirit at the club," he added.
"I think we've got some great years ahead of us.
"The gaffer and the club have shown me I'm in their plans for the future and
that means a lot to me.
"I can concentrate on my football now rather than worrying about my future.
"I'll give everything for the club."
Boss Robson is delighted to have tied up Gaardsoe's future.
"Thomas signing is good news for the club," he said.
"It means we have more or less got all of the squad players tied down for at
least two years.
"Thomas did very well after the turn of the year when I put him in the team
and deserves his new contract."
Gaardsoe joined Albion in a £520,000 deal from Ipswich almost two years ago.
He won the club's Player-of-the-Year award in his first season at The
Hawthorns en route to helping the Baggies clinch promotion back to the
Gaardsoe's Albion form has also seen him become a full Denmark