David Button and Alex Palmer have both signed new contracts as West Bromwich Albion look to finalise their goalkeeping plans for a future without Sam...
David Button and Alex Palmer have both signed new contracts as West Bromwich Albion look to finalise their goalkeeping plans for a future without Sam Johnstone.
Button, aged 33, has signed a new two-year deal while 25-year-old Palmer, who learned his trade at the West Brom academy, has committed his future for another four years.
The pair now look set to contest the No.1 shirt at The Hawthorns next season with Sam Johnstone poised to leave the club this summer as a free agent.
Button will start pre-season at the clear front-runner to become Steve Bruce’s first-choice ‘keeper but Palmer, who has spent time on loan at Plymouth and Lincoln City, will finally get the chance to push for a first-team spot.
The news also indicates that Button has agreed to either relocate from his family home in Brighton or find a second home near the West Brom training ground in line with manager Steve Bruce’s demand that players should eliminate lengthy daily commutes from their schedules.
“I’ve been given the opportunity to carry on playing here and hopefully I can show a little bit more of what I’m about in the next two years,” said Button, who has made 11 league appearances for West Brom in two seasons as Johnstone’s understudy.
“Despite not playing as much as I would have liked, I’ve really enjoyed my last two years.
“To be playing regularly once again would be absolutely fantastic, but I know I’ve got a fight on my hands for that No.1 shirt.”
Palmer, who joined Albion at the age of 14, has made just one first-team appearance for the club in the League Cup but played 37 times for Plymouth as they won promotion from League Two and 46 times to help Lincoln reach the League One play-offs last season.
He said: “I want to be playing and I want to be No.1 for the start of next season. That’s my aim and I haven’t signed a new contract to sit here and be comfortable.
“I want to be pushing and I know ‘Butts’ will be pushing me.
“With the contract I’ve been given I’ve obviously been backed by the coaching staff so I just need to go out there and prove myself.
“I’m pushing to be No.1 because I’ve been at this club for a while and it's my club. I’ve come through the ranks and I want to be that first goalkeeper to break into the team and I definitely feel I’ve got the ability to do that.”West Brom tie down Button and Palmer as Johnstone nears exit - The Athletic View Story