OLIVER Burke was pleased to step up his recovery from a hamstring injury by completing 90 minutes against Coventry on Tuesday evening.
The Scotsman scored as Albion’s under-21s were narrowly defeated 2-1 by the League Two side in the Checkatrade Trophy.
“I’m really happy to get the minutes in and a full game under my belt,” said Burke.
“It’s something I haven’t been able to do in a long time because of my injury so I’m chuffed to bits - and I’m happy to score as well.”
He was full of praise for his young teammates after they put up a valiant effort in the loss, but admits he’s got his sights set on breaking into the first team over the coming weeks.
“I’m delighted for the team because we were a really young side, some of them are first year and second year scholars so doing well against a first team - I’m dead chuffed for the boys,” he added.
“My focus switches to the first team now and I want to help them as much as I can and give them a different outlet on the park.
“The Huddersfield game I travelled but didn’t play as a precaution. Obviously with my hamstring and the fact that I hadn’t played a full game yet, to come on would have been risky.
“But I’ve got the minutes under my belt now. I feel fit and I feel ready to go so I’m looking forward to helping the team.
“The hamstring is great. I feel back to my normal self and I’m really happy."