Jonas Olsson has left West Brom to join Swedish club Djurgarden IF.
Jonas Olsson, 34, would have been out of contract in the summer, but has reached a mutual agreement with Albion to terminate the remaining months of his deal.
Olsson’s departure brings an end to a nine-year stay at The Hawthorns in which he helped West Brom win promotion back to the Premier League, making 194 starts and scoring eight goals in the top flight.
Here’s what Jonas Olsson has had to say regarding his move fromWest Brom to Swedish club Djurgarden IF…
“It’s all happened so quickly I’ve not had chance to say a proper farewell to so many people,” said Jonas. “I will be back at the first chance to do that. But I’m really grateful to the club for helping me sort out this transfer.
“I still feel I have a few good years in me but such is the quality of the competition at Albion for places in my position, it was getting harder and harder to see a first team opportunity.
“Albion has been and will always be a huge part of my life and it is great to feel I am leaving it in such a strong position.”
— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) March 23, 2017
Here’s West Brom‘s confirmation of Jonas Olsson‘s departure…
West Bromwich Albion confirm the end of an era at The Hawthorns after agreeing to allow Jonas Olsson to return to Swedish football.
The 34-year-old defender, affectionately known as “Swede” by his team mates, leaves after a nine-year stay to take up a new start with top-flight Swedish side Djurgården IF.
Albion and Olsson mutually agreed to terminate the remaining months of his contract in order he join his new Stockholm-based club in time for the start of the Swedish season in ten days. But the news will be greeted with sadness by Baggies fans everywhere who have watched Olsson play an integral role in transforming Albion from a ‘yo-yo’ club into one currently eighth in this their seventh consecutive Premier League campaign.
Olsson’s Hawthorns statistics give an indication of his immense contribution following his signing from Dutch side NEC in 2008 – a total of 253 appearances, eight as a substitute, and 14 goals. In the Premier League, Olsson made 194 starts and scored eight goals. Although his first season at the club ended in relegation from the Premier League, he then helped the team gain immediate promotion the following season since when he has been a constant figure in Albion’s sustained top-flight presence.