Brunt on 500 club games

CHRIS Brunt is in line to make his 500th club appearance in English football as the Baggies prepare to face Burnley at Turf Moor on Saturday (ko 3pm).

The Northern Ireland international will reach the landmark if selected by Tony Pulis for the trip to Lancashire, but says it's not something to which he's paid too much attention.

"It's something you don't really think about too much when you start off.

"Every year bar last year I've been pretty regular in every team I've played for.

"I always average over 30 games a season so they rack up quicky."

And by 'every team', Brunt means just two - Sheffield Wednesday and Albion.

The 32-year-old played over 100 games for the Owls before moving to The Hawthorns where the rest, as they say, is history.

And 'Brunty' hopes that there's still plenty of life in his Baggies career.

"It's gone pretty quickly - some seasons have gone quicker than others!

"It doesn't feel like ten years. I've enjoyed every season and I'm hoping there's still a couple left."

But he understands that as you get older, there needs to be a greater focus on the medical side of the sport.

"When you're younger you want to throw yourself around and go 100mph.

"As you get older everything is geared towards getting as fit as you possibly can be for a Saturday afternoon.

"Now I spend a lot more time focusing on the medical side of things so I'm ready to go at the weekend."

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