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Gareth McAuley released by West Brom

By Adam McKendry

Northern Ireland defender Gareth McAuley has been released by West Brom after their relegation to the Sky Bet Championship.

The defender moved to The Hawthorns in 2011 from Ipswich Town and since then has made 227 appearances for the club.

The Larne man has also been a regular for his country during that time as well, and he has now amassed 79 appearances for the Green and White Army, including appearing at the European Championships in 2016.

McAuley, 38, will now look to continue his career elsewhere, with recent reports suggesting that he could be entertaining an offer to join Steven Gerrard at Rangers.

Midfielder Claudio Yacob and long-serving goalkeeper Boaz Myhill were also released by the club.

“I would like to personally thank all three players for their loyal service to this football club and I wish them well in their respective futures,” said West Brom manager Darren Moore.

“They have been absolute stalwarts of this club and they should all be proud of their time here.

“It was a very difficult decision not to offer each of them a new contract and I did not take that decision lightly.

“It was, however, a decision I felt was in the best interests of the football club.”

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