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Last Updated: Thursday, 15 July, 2004, 21:18 GMT 22:18 UK
Koumas commits to Baggies
West Brom midfielder Jason Koumas
Koumas is one of West Brom's star players
Jason Koumas has ended speculation about his future by signing an improved contract with West Brom.

The Welsh international midfielder put in a transfer request after talks stalled on an extension to his contract, which had two years to run.

The request was rejected by Baggies boss Gary Megson, who was delighted Koumas had now agreed to a new deal.

"Hopefully, this will enable him to get his head straight and concentrate solely on his football," said Megson.

"Jason has got to become consistent, more of a team player, put more work rate into his game while keeping the fantastic ability he undoubtedly has."

Koumas scored 10 goals for Albion last season as they bounced straight back to the Premiership after being relegated from the top flight in 2002-03.

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."






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