West Brom defender McAuley proud proving himself Premier League class

Gareth McAuley is proud of his success at West Bromwich Albion.

Gareth McAuley is proud of his success at West Bromwich Albion.

The 32-year-old has had to wait for his chance in the top flight and has proven something of a late developer as he did not make the step up from part-time football in Northern Ireland until 24.

"Maybe I wasn't ready when I was younger," McAuley told the Express & Star.

"I came into football late. I was thankful to get the start in the league I was in but I was always pushing myself and trying to get as high as I could.

"When I was in the Championship, I always thought I would get to this level through promotion."

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