Birmingham City have confirmed that 21-year-old Irish goalkeeper Colin Doyle has been handed a new two-year contract which will keep the highly-rated player at St Andrew's until 2008.
Doyle, who played 14 times in Millwall's failed attempt to beat relegation to Coca-Cola League One last season, could find himself as Blues' second-choice goalkeeper next term, with present No 2 Nico Vaesen out of contract at the end of next month with no offer of a new deal on the table.
The club has continued its policy of youth development by tying down third-year Academy scholar James Blake to a 12-month contract, with the 19-year-old defender signing his first contract as a professional.
Tenacious midfielder Mehdi Nafti has been included in Tunisia's squad for the World Cup despite spending much of the Blues' doomed season on the sidelines with cruciate ligament damage.
The 27-year-old made his comeback in the 1-0 defeat to Bolton Wanderers at the Reebok Stadium in the final match of the season.
Joining Nafti at this summer's showpiece will be Junichi Inamoto, after he was named in Japan's squad for the the finals in Germany.
Inamoto becomes the first West Bromwich Albion player for 20 years [since Northern Ireland's Jimmy Nicholl and Gerry Armstrong in 1986] to be involved in a World Cup. The 26-year-old midfielder will be looking to repeat his exploits of 2002 when he became a national hero by scoring the only goal in Japan's 1-0 victory over Russia, which sent the hosts into the knock-out stages.
On a busy day of national associations confirming final numbers, West Bromwich Albion goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak was named in the Poland party and Aston Villa's Milan Baros in the Czech Republic squad, but Jiri Jarosik paid the price for Blues' slide into the Championship by missing out on a trip to Germany.
Meanwhile, Albion are also preparing for life outside of the Barclays Premiership. Adult season-ticket prices have been reduced by six per cent, despite the Baggies playing four more home matches than last season.
The club has also introduced a special incentive with the intention of encouraging supporters to stay with the club despite relegation, by agreeing to freeze the price of any adult season-tickets purchased by June 17 for the following season.