Albionâ€™s Northern Irishman, who turns 33 later this year, believes that his legs would be starting to go had he come over to England as a teenager, but in contrast heâ€™s enjoying being in the shape of his life.
The centre-half was 24 when he joined Lincoln City from Coleraine and only made his Premier League debut last season.
â€śI feel as fit as I have done since I came into the game late,â€ť he told the Sunday Mercury.
â€śMy body has maybe not been battered as much as the other young lads who have been doing it day in day out since they were 16.
â€śBy the time they get to my age they are nearly done.
â€ś(Last season) I played more games than I have for years and Iâ€™m looking forward already to getting going again.â€ť