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Last Updated: Tuesday, 29 April, 2003, 13:40 GMT 14:40 UK
Koumas wins West Brom award
Jason Koumas (right) in action against Chelsea's Gianfranco Zola
Koumas has improved as the season has gone on
Jason Koumas has been voted West Bromwich Albion's player of the season in his first season at the club.

Koumas, signed from Tranmere last summer, won the supporters' vote after a consistent first season in the top flight.

Albion's relegation saw him linked with a number of clubs, including Everton and Southampton.

But the Welsh international midfielder has pledged to stay and help Gary Megson's side battle to regain their Premiership status.

Koumas said: "This is a great honour for me. I am pleased with my form and feel the step up from the Second Division has been comfortable for me."

Megson is pleased with Koumas' contribution once he had adapted to the Premiership but believes he can still improve.

He said: "Since Jason has got into the side he has done nothing but cover himself in glory with his performances.

He can still improve
West Brom boss Gary Megson
"He has looked a class act but the Jason Koumas we are seeing now is not the Jason Koumas we saw at the beginning of the season.

"We told Jason that going forward in possession, there was nothing we could teach him but there are two sides to the game - when you haven't got the ball as well.

"He wasn't fit enough, he was not working hard enough. He can still improve on that side of the game but it is better."

Megson added that he always expected Koumas to stay and fight for the club's cause.

"People are putting two and two together and saying that such and such a club will come in. That has not happened yet.

"Jason signed for West Brom for four years and he has got to do the best he can while he's here and that's the same with everybody," Megson said.




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