Koumas signs new Baggies deal
JASON Koumas has handed Albion a huge pre-Premiership boost by a signing a
new, long-term deal.
The Welsh international today (Thursday) put pen to paper on an improved
four-year contract which commits him to the Baggies until June 2008.
Koumas played a key role in Albion bouncing straight back to the Premiership
last term by plundering ten goals from midfield and boss Gary Megson said:
"We're really pleased Jason has signed this contract.
"Hopefully, this will enable him to get his head straight and concentrate
solely on his football.
"Jason needs to make the next step in his career. He's got to become
consistent, more of a team player, put more workrate into his game while
keeping the fantastic ability he undoubtedly has.
"The contract he has signed will give him and his family security and, in
return, we shall be placing more demands on Jason to become the finished
article as opposed to just a promising young player.
"This contract should enable Jason to concentrate purely on improving as a
player and helping West Brom improve as a club."
Koumas' decision to commit his long-term future to the club means months of
negotiations between the club and the player's agent have borne fruit.
Chairman Jeremy Peace added: "We have continually stated we were only
interested in Jason signing a new deal and not selling him so we're
delighted he's put pen to paper.
"Both parties have been willing to compromise which has enabled us to reach
an agreement which suits everyone."
Since arriving from Tranmere in a Ł2.5million deal in August 2002, Koumas
has made 71 appearances, plus ten as substitute, and scored 14 goals.