Albion No. 1 Michel Kuipers has signed a new two-year contract.

It puts the Dutch keeper on course for a testimonial and consolidates his position as the most successful foreign import in the club's history.

Kuipers signed a one-year deal last summer with the option of a second, appearance-related year which was due to be triggered after he played in every game this season.

That elevated his total number of matches for the club to 228, nine more than South African striker Denis Foreman.

Kuipers, 34 next month, said: "It has been a great eight years and I am very pleased to have signed a new contract which will take me to ten years with the club.

"I am now looking forward to next season. We want to be successful and get back to the Championship.

"On a personal level, I was really happy with my form last season but I will be back this pre-season trying to better that standard and continue the positive progress.

"I love the club and love coming to work every day. I really enjoy working with all the staff, on and off the pitch, and the supporters have been magnificent."

Kuipers, third in the player of the season poll behind Tommy Elphick and Nicky Forster, has been with Albion since signing for Micky Adams during his first spell as boss on a free transfer from Bristol Rovers in the summer of 2000.

Adams substituted him at half-time on his debut at Southend, citing his suspect kicking, but Kuipers has gone on to help Albion to three promotions.

Adams said: "I am delighted Michel has extended his contract. I worked with him previously and I know the quality of his goalkeeping.

"Michel knows there needs to be an improvement in his game in certain areas but that is nothing new and I have told him that since day one."

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