Brunt on a decade of Baggies pre-seasons

CHRIS Brunt is impressed with the youngsters who have joined Albion's pre-season training trip to Portugal as the long-serving midfielder takes part in his 11th for the club.

Brunty's first taste of a pre-season tour with the Baggies was in Holland under Tony Mowbray back in 2008 and the demands are something he has become well accustomed to.

Albion have taken a dozen or so youngsters to the Algarve this summer, with promising 17-year-old Rayhaan Tulloch the youngest.

And Brunt is keen to take the opportunity to watch them in action and get to know them better as they look to shine under Head Coach Darren Moore.

"I don't think pre-season ever gets easier, I think as you get older you learn a bit more how to look after yourself in them," he said.

"In the first couple of days there's no winners in the running sessions, you've just got to make sure you get yourself in decent shape ready for the season to kick off.

"I'm sensible enough and experienced enough to know what I need to do and what I don't.

"There's a lot of youngsters on the trip here and obviously it's their time to impress - not getting left too far behind them is obviously something you've got to look to as well..."

Brunt added: "The young lads aren't shy, they just crack on, a lot of them have trained with us during the season so we know most of them.

"It's a good chance for them to show what they can do, among the senior lads as well.

"It gives you a bit more time to get to know them as people as well. That will be good.

"We're going to need everybody involved at the football club this year if we're going to do well because, with the extra games they come thick and fast, and I'm sure a lot of the younger lads will be involved heavily this year. It's up to them to make sure that's the case."

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