Tommy Smith reckons Brentford have already more than proved they have what it takes to be a success in the Championship.
The Bees go into the international break sitting sixth in the table following three wins on the spin against Derby County, Nottingham Forest and Millwall.
Smith knows all about the Championship, having played there for Sunderland, Watford, Derby, Portsmouth, QPR and Cardiff before joining Brentford in the summer.
He said: “We deserve to be up where we are. We could have nicked a few more wins too, as we had a few good games where we haven't picked up points, and people are starting to realise just how good we can be.
“It's a pretty standard Championship this year, where everybody can beat everybody else. It is always tight, but whereas one team usually runs away with it, nobody looks like doing that this season. It could be interesting, and there's no reason why we cannot be in the mix.
“There are many similarities to other teams I have tasted success with, and a lot of things are working in our favour. There is a really good feel in the dressing room, with some good camaraderie. Half the battle in won when you know you can trust your team-mates, and we've got that here.”
Smith has returned to the Brentford side in the last few weeks following a two-month lay-off with a knee injury, and hopes to now show the Bees fans what he truly has in his locker.
Having started the season in the best possible fashion with the equaliser in Brentford's debut Championship game against Charlton, Smith has only had one league start since, as well as a couple in the Capital One Cup, and a few substitute appearances.
He added: “I'm hoping to play as much as I can, but I'm not worried as I just enjoy being here. I'm quite an established player and hope the fans can see some more of me. If they do, that's an added bonus. I will just bide my time.”
Brentford have no game this weekend due to the international break and resume hostilities at home to west London rivals Fulham next Friday.