McAuley reckons his many years playing beneath the Premier League – where 46-game league seasons are the norm, not 38 – have put him in good stead for his current physical test.
“We don’t have a massive squad,” said the former Lincoln, Leicester and Ipswich man to the Albion website.
“That’s why the really top clubs have big squads. Come this time of year, they need to rotate.
“But, for me, there are less games in the Premier League compared to the Championship.
“Maybe I’m used to it and my body’s adapted.”