McAuley has urged Dawson to stay at the Hawthorns.
"From speaking to him he's very frustrated that he didn't make a breakthrough last year," said McAuley to the Sunday Mercury.
"He will want to do that this season. He learned a lot last year and can only improve.
"Craig is a level-headed lad and he keeps his feet on the ground - he wants to improve and wants a good career."