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The Baggies defender signed for the club from Ipswich Town in 2011 and has praised the mood at the club after winning the Disabled Supporters' Player of the Year award

West Bromwich Albion defender Gareth McAuley has praised his team-mates for the chemistry that has been built in the squad since he arrived.

The 33-year-old, who joined the Baggies in 2011, has made 51 appearances for the Premier League side including 31 this season, and has scored twice in their current campaign.

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And McAuley, who won the Disabled Supporters' Club Player of the Year award, was quick to hail his fellow players for the support they showed him upon joining the club from Ipswich.

"The dressing room and the lads here are fantastic and it's great to be a part of it," McAuley told the club's official website.

"You play for them and you don't want to let them down. You try your best for them every week and that's a thing throughout the group. Everyone is trying their best for each other.

"The best way to describe it is like playing with your mates. It's the closest I've come to that feeling throughout my career, apart from when you're younger and you're playing with your friends."

West Brom stand eighth in the Premier League table with six games remaining, and face Newcastle next at home on Saturday.

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