Norwich City midfielder Andrew Surman believes playing in the Premier League is making him produce the best performances of his career.
The 25-year-old has made 36 appearances since making the switch to Carrow Road from Wolves and is enjoying a fine run of form in the top flight with four goals this campaign.
Surman started his career with Southampton where he spent five years having moved to England from his native South Africa.
Having spent just one year at Molineux before opting to join the Canaries, Surman opened his Norwich account with a goal against his former club and admits his confidence is growing each week in the Premier League.
"I think when you are playing in the Premier League, playing against better players, you have got to play better and be a better player," he told the Eastern Daily Press.
"And you are playing with better players as well, so I think it brings the best out of me personally.
"So I think I probably am playing the best football of my career. The main thing is getting a run in the team and playing in a team that is full of confidence, and then you can really express yourself."
Surman believes the chance to establish a first-team place in the Premier League has given him the confidence to go on and score with three of his four goals this season coming since the turn of the year.
"I'm having a good run with goals at the moment and hopefully it will continue," he added. "It's always nice scoring goals and especially when they help the team win, so I am pleased and hopeful I can chip in with a few more.
"I'm probably going through a bit of a purple patch at the moment which I am really pleased about and hopefully it will keep going.
"Probably getting a run in the team helps. If you get that run in the team you build your confidence up and we have had a string of good results as well, which breeds it throughout the squad.
"But I said at the start of the season there is competition for places here and whenever a chance comes when you're going to play, whoever gets that chance, you have got to take it."