Although not quite the ‘powerful runner’ he once was, Andrew Crofts has said he is thoroughly enjoying his role with the under-23s.
The player-coach is still in good shape, but admits he’s not the athlete he used to be.
“I am still fit. I look after myself and prepare the right way, but I am nowhere near as quick as I was! That is something I have noticed a lot; I was never quick but I was quite a powerful runner.
“I am still sharp, I still cover good ground, and I have got a lot of experience, which hopefully allows me to pick up positions so I don’t have to rely on my legs as much anymore. I have got lots of legs around me, so that obviously helps!
“I am really enjoying the role though – the coaching side of it has really ignited a passion in me. I know it will be something I will want to do for a long time.”
Albion will look to continue their unbeaten start to the Premier League 2 campaign when they take on Liverpool at the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre this afternoon.
“We’ve had a really strong start in the league; we’re obviously undefeated at the moment with two wins and two draws against very good opposition.
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“We’ve put in some really strong performances and one or two that could have been better. But it’s part of their development that when you’re not playing at your best, you’re still able to win. It’s a really good sign and will put them in really good stead for the future.
"Regarding the league, it’s been really positive but there’s lots to work on and improve.
“It’s been a very busy period after being out of action for a long time. But it’s what everyone wanted, games are coming thick and fast. We’ve got that buzz of preparing for games."