George Harmon says battling it out for a place in Albion's PL2 side is driving him forward, with Hull City the next opponents for the young Baggies in the Premier League Cup at Hednesford Town's Keys Park on Friday (ko 7pm).
Contending with Tyrese Dyce for a starting place has ensured training sessions have been high quality, says Harmon, as both defenders bid to help the Baggies continue a run of six wins in seven which has moved them up to third in the Premier League 2 Division Two table, most recently beating Middlesbrough 4-1 on Monday.
Amidst Albion’s impressive form Harmon and Dyce have been fighting it out for the left-back position - with the former insisting it is helping both players to push forward with their game.
“It is always good to have competition,” said Harmon.
“We bring the best out in each other. He knows we are both fighting for the same position. In training you have got to be on it every single day otherwise the other one will be pushed into the position. He is a great player and it is really good competition for me.
“It was fantastic to get three points against Middlesbrough. Especially because they were third in the league going in to the game and we knew that if we beat them we would go above them in the league.
“There was that extra bit added to the game knowing we needed to win to make sure we moved up the table and on the day I think we were the better team and the scoreline showed that.
“We put in a really good performance in the second half. I think in the first half we didn’t play to our best but we still went in at 1-1 so we knew in the second half we could perform even better and then three goals shows how well we actually played in the second half.
“Confidence is really high. We are going in to games now thinking we are not going to lose because we are on this fantastic run that we need to keep going for as long as we can. The longer we can keep this run up the better.
“We can expect Hull to be a very physical team. They will be in our faces, determined and hard working. But if we keep to our game and keep our house in order then hopefully we should be able to get three points against them.”