Romaine Sawyers has a family feeling at West Brom
Romaine Sawyers has dedicated his first Albion goal to the staff who helped him during his time at the club's academy.
The Birmingham-born midfielder joined the Baggies' youth set-up when he was 13-years-old but was released six years later without making a senior appearance.
Following hugely impressive spells with Walsall and Brentford, though, Sawyers rejoined his boyhood club in the summer for a fee in the region of £2.9million.
Since his return to The Hawthorns, Sawyers said he hasn't been able to stop smiling.
And he admitted both he and his family were overjoyed after he netted his first goal for the club in the 4-2 win over Cardiff on Saturday.
"It's an amazing feeling playing for this football club," Sawyers said.
"As a West Brom boy growing up you always dream of it.
"You play here with the reserves, but to go and score with the stadium packed out and to win the game was just phenomenal.
"At the training ground or on the pitch, I’m constantly smiling.
"I get 15 family members at a game. I’ve never had that before. I’ve got cousins I didn’t know I had!
"Even on Twitter my mum’s socially active. West Brom are tweeting about things and she’s replying. I don’t know what she’s doing!
"But it means to much to me and my family.
"I owe the club a lot, especially the academy, so I dedicate that to the academy that grew me as a person as well as a footballer. It means so much to me."
Albion's win over Cardiff saw them return to the top of the Championship with Leeds slipping to defeat against Millwall while Swansea lost to Stoke.
But while Sawyers admitted it's nice to be leading the pack, he said nobody at the club will be getting carried away.
"It's nice to be top although I don’t feel leading counts for anything now," the midfielder said.
"If someone had said after 11 games we’d be in the position we’re in, we’d have taken it.
"We’ve shown a lot of qualities, particularly in the second half against Leeds, really showed what we’re about. We’ve set the foundations now, we’ve just got to push for the next 35."