Paul Scharner to be let go by West Bromwich Albion

Paul Scharner
Paul Scharner

West Bromwich Albion midfielder Paul Scharner will leave The Hawthorns at the end of the season.

The 32-year-old Austria international has failed to trigger a 12-month extension option after making less than the required 25 appearances this term.

And he is now resigned to moving on when his contract expires on 30 June.

"I would like to stay because of the supporters, who are great. But the club has other plans, so it is time to move on," said Scharner.

"I didn't take up the option because it was impossible as I have not played enough games.

"To do so would need new negotiations - and that won't be happening."

Scharner, signed by Roberto di Matteo from Wigan Athletic just before the close of the August transfer window in 2010, insists that he will still have a future once he has left soon-to-be managerless Albion.

"I think I still have enough to offer someone and have set myself a new challenge somewhere else," he added.

"I've concluded my mission by helping them stay in the Premier League.

"I've never been relegated and I'm very proud of this.

"It is time to finish off the season and then decide on my future."

Baggies defender Jonas Olsson has been voted the club's player of the year ahead of Sunday's final game of the season against Arsenal - boss Roy Hodgson's last match at the helm before he leaves to take the England job.

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