Scotland captain Darren Fletcher set to extend contract at West Brom after triggering clause



Scotland captain Darren Fletcher is set to extend his contract at West Brom for another year after triggering a clause in his current deal.

The Baggies skipper would have been a free agent this summer but the 33-year-old has now played enough games to ensure that his deal will be prolonged until 2018.

Since joining from Manchester United two years ago, Fletcher, who recently marked his 300th appearance in the English top-flight, has played in every single of the club’s 78 league matches.

(Twitter: @WBAFCofficial)Fletcher overcame the career threatening condition ulcerative colitis while at United and is delighted with the impact he has made under Tony Pulis at the Hawthorns.

He said: “After my well-documented personal problems I just wanted to get back into football playing week in, week out.

“Being a leader and using my experience is great but I need to play every week.”

Speaking to the Express and Star, he added: “I couldn’t have planned it any better. I’ve not missed a league game since I’ve been at West Brom which is amazing really.

“I wanted to get myself well again, I had no doubts I could. I played a long time when I was ill and it’s been a tough period. But I didn’t moan I just got my head down and fought it.

“I’m enjoying my football, it’s fantastic. Playing in the Premier League every week in a team that’s in the top half up in eighth place and winning games, there’s a good atmosphere around the club and in the stadium, it’s good times.”