Albion midfielder Romaine Sawyers has paid tribute to the player he still has to pinch himself he trains alongside.
Romaine reckons that club captain Chris Brunt remains the standard bearer within the newly-shaped Baggies squad even as the squad’s top appearance-maker waits for a first-team chance under Slaven Bilić.
“Brunty” is one of the reasons Romaine believes the Club should continue to strike out confidently for a return to the top flight.
Talking to media before Albion bid to extend their unbeaten start to the season against Huddersfield on Sunday, Romaine said: “The facilities are Premier League. When I arrived at The Hawthorns, coming from Brentford, we always thought: 'This is a Premier League club.' Pitch, lights, stadium...the men you are playing against.
“Gareth Barry's career speaks for itself, Jake Livermore has played for England… Chris Brunt.
“Sounds ridiculous but just playing alongside him [Brunt] still excites me. I'm in training and he's still a class act.
“He wants to push you to new boundaries – as does the manager. The manager's resume speaks for itself. The sports' scientists, fitness guys, everything. The cryotherapy chamber we use every single day – it's a permanent fixture – it's Premier League.
“The platform is there for us to take the next step. I need to push myself to be the best I can be and hopefully that resonates with everyone else.”