There is a hunger about our side - Leicester City's Matty James
There is a hunger for success that runs throughout the Leicester City squad, midfielder Matty James has said.
James said he came to City in the summer because he is driven to make it as a professional in the top flight and he said Nigel Pearson had recruited like-minded players, such as latest recruit Chris Wood.
The youthfulness of the squad was a factor in the shared ambition, James said, but he added that seasoned professionals, such as Paul Konchesky and David Nugent, who have experienced Premier League football before, were determined to return.
"Wood is a great signing," he said. "He gives us a different outlet.
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"He has a presence about him and I am certain he will cause a lot of problems for defenders in this league.
"He is young and there are quite a few lads here who are hungry. We want to succeed and get to the Premier League.
"It is a good place to be and there is a great spirit around the camp. There is competition all over the field now. You need that in a side that is, hopefully, going to get promoted.
"It keeps everyone on their toes and keeps everyone ready, if something does happen in terms of loss of form or injuries.
"I think that team spirit does come from the fact that a lot of us are of the same age. I know how hungry I am and that rubs off on other players.
"The others are all determined to get into the Premier League.
"The older lads, like Konch, want to get back there as well. When players see Leicester now, it attracts them because of the ambition we have."
James said City must hang in around the top-four places in the hope of mounting a push for automatic promotion.
"We have got ourselves into the play-off places, so we have done all right so far," he said.
"We have been a touch inconsistent but, in the main, we have been solid and done okay.
"Now is the time to either kick on to challenge for the top two, or cement a place in the top six.
"We want to stay in the top three or four and then, hopefully, something will happen."