Nico Yennaris paid tribute to departing Brentford team-mate Alan McCormack ahead of the Irishman's final game with the club on Sunday.
The 33-year-old midfielder is a popular member of the Bees' squad and commands the respect of the dressing room.
Yennaris knows that 'Macca' will be missed at Griffin Park but also as a chance for others to step into the breach.
He said: “Macca is one of the experienced pros here and he's pushing everybody and he's had a big voice in the group.
“One thing we've said you can't buy is experience. He's always helped the younger lads and he'd never take any slack.
“His voice will be missed with his experience but it's time for others to set up.”
McCormack is a Jekyll and Hyde character. On the pitch he's a snarling menace but off it, he's one of the nicest people you could meet.
Yennaris added: “He's as good as gold off the pitch. A lot of players as soon as they cross the white line turn into somebody else and that's Macca and his desire to win.”