Fourteen-year-olds Spike Whitehouse and Will Burford launched a YouTube podcast during lockdown and have been bowled over by the number of high-profile guests they have managed to attract.
The pair have chatted to international cricketers Mark Cosgrove, Tom Cullen, Sean Dickson and Dane Vilas on their ‘Sports Express Podcast’ after reaching out to the stars on social media.
But, for the two Baggies fans, the chance to interview former Northern Ireland international Brunt was the icing on the cake.
On the podcast, which has nearly 600 subscribers, the pair spoke with Brunt about his childhood, the highs and lows of his Albion career and his international days.
He also hinted at a coaching career, saying: "I would like to have a go at it.
"It's something I'm interested in doing. I have done some coaching qualifications through the Irish FA in Belfast over the last few seasons so hopefully I will be able to do something."
The podcast has been a dream come true for Spike, a year nine student at The Coleshill School, and Will from Lichfield.
Spike's mother Julie said: “Spike and Will are both obsessed with sport.
"They have been great friends since they played district cricket together when they were 11.
"Lockdown has been very difficult for them as they don’t play video games like most of their peers. They just love their sport.
"Spike usually plays sport five or six days a week.
“With the lockdown and all their sport being cancelled, the boys decided they needed to find something to keep in touch and to keep their sporting interest alive.
"They have worked really hard on the podcast and, although they are naturally quite shy, this has really boosted their confidence and given them a real purpose during these hard times.”
Watch the interview here:
Report by Matthew Panter