My Albion spell is over - Scharner
West Bromwich Albion,
Paul Scharner has confirmed that he will be leaving West Brom after failing to trigger a 12-month contract extension at the Hawthorns.
The 30-year-old versatile Austrian international midfielder, who can also operate in defence, has helped ensure that Albion will enjoy another season in the top-flight under outgoing boss Roy Hodgson's leadership. However, having been signed by Roberto di Matteo from Wigan in 2010, Scharner has not managed to make the 25 appearances required this term to earn a third year at the club so is now looking for a move elsewhere. He said: "I think I've concluded my mission at West Brom by helping them to stay in the Premier League. I've never been relegated and I'm very proud of this. "I didn't take up the (contract) option because it was impossible as I have not played enough games. To do so (stay) would need new negotiations - and that won't be happening. "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. But I think I still have enough to offer someone and have set myself a new challenge somewhere else. It is time to finish off the season and then decide on my future."