SAM Field believes his greatest football education comes every morning on the pitches at Palm Training Ground.
The 19-year-old, who signed a new-and-improved contract at The Hawthorns on Wednesday, lines up alongside a host of midfielders who boast an abundance of Premier League and international experience.
Poland’s Grzegorz Krychowiak, England’s Jake Livermore, and the Premier League’s record appearance holder, Gareth Barry, have kept the promising youngster out of the starting XI in recent weeks.
But Sam sees the opportunity to challenge for a spot in the side against players of such calibre as a “blessing”.
He said: “I’ve learnt a lot from the other midfielders here at Albion.
“They are very, very good players and I have picked up plenty from them in training.
“I try to take every little thing that I can from them and it’s a blessing to be challenging with them for a place in the team.
“Just seeing them week in week out allows me to realise that the little details that they do have helped them get to the top.
“The best way to learn from them is just to watch them out on the training pitch.”
Field insisted having experienced professionals in the squad isn’t just beneficial for his own development, but also for the group as a whole.
“It’s massive to have that kind of experience around me.
“We have a lot of experience in our squad so I try and take what I can.
“The Premier League is the toughest league in the world so anyone who knows how to manage games is vitally important to us.”