Marco Stiepermann says he enjoys being a senior figure in the Norwich City dressing room and is keen to continue being positive influence on his younger teammates.
For the recent match against Crystal Palace last weekend, Stiepermann was the third oldest player in the starting eleven at 28, behind Ralf Fährmann (31) and Teemu Pukki (30).
The attacking midfielder relishes that seniority: "I was the oldest guy on the pitch with Teemu and Ralf, so for that I want to take more responsibility on the pitch.
"I try to be positive all of the time to my teammates. When I was younger I always appreciated an older guy coming to me and making sure I was ok, and that’s what I try to give the younger lads now.
"I really enjoy that side of things, and I also enjoy playing with such young players."
Stiepermann was speaking to our matchday programme, OTBC, and among the topics discussed was the matter of facing Aston Villa this Saturday.
"I think if you’ve look at their starting line-up you’ll know there’ll be a very different XI than we played against last season.
"But it’s still the same manager and I think he’s still got the same philosophy, so we feel we know how they want to play football.
"I can’t wait for it. The fans know how important the game is, because Aston Villa are also a team fighting to stay in the league, and I know the fans will create a brilliant atmosphere for us."
Hear more from Stiepermann in this week's edition of OTBC. You can pre-order HERE or purchase a copy for just £3.50 at Carrow Road on Saturday.