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Nov 8, 2012

Olsson targets 300 games for West Brom

Jonas Olsson wants to finish his career at West Bromwich Albion and join an elite band of players with over 300 appearances for the club.

Olsson recently ended speculation over his long-term future at the Hawthorns by signing a lucrative four-year contact which will take him up to the age of 33.

The Swedish international is already looking at the possibility of another contract after 2016 and the chance to more than double the 147 appearances he has made since moving from Heerenveen in 2008.

He has targeted the 300 appearance-mark, a figure last claimed by Neil Clement - who was forced to retire prematurely due to injury.

"Hopefully after this contract I will still have more years left in me. At the end of this contract it will be eight years - just two more for a testimonial," said Olsson. "If I am lucky with injuries, then hopefully I will play another 100 games, 150 games in that time and that would be really nice, to play 250 or 300 games for the club.

"I heard recently that all through history there are only 30 players or something that have played more than 300 games for the club, so it would be nice to go and maybe achieve that.

"I feel a lot of love for this club, it has been very good for me and it is an important part of my life. This will always be a very special place in my heart, whatever happens in the future."

Olsson nearly left Albion last summer, with Spurs close to completing a £4 million deal for the 29-year-old, but he is proud to be part of a club which continues to make strides at the top level.

Albion currently occupy fifth place in the Premier League, which is impressive for a club that has had four different managers in the last four years.

"We have had a very settled squad in that time, a base of players who know each other and know the club which really helps," he added. "We don't have any turbulence. We see the big picture. We are not just building for one season.

"With changing managers every year there has been no chaos or because of a manager falling out. It's been very easy to be a part of this team for four years."

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