Chris Wood breaks out into a smile when recalling the days he and Ashley Barnes first started plundering goals together.

It was 2010 when the duo, who both hit double figures in the Premier League for Burnley last season, were youngsters at this weekend's opponents Brighton in their first real run of senior football.

The pair forged a prolific frontline with Glenn Murray, who could well be in the Seagulls line-up against the Clarets on Saturday, and fired Brighton to promotion from the third tier.

Wood ended the campaign with nine goals in 24 starts, Barnes 20 in 49 appearances.

They've been friends ever since and the New Zealander admits the younger versions of themselves would have to pinch themselves at what has transpired in the intervening years.

 

“We had dreams of playing in the Premier League at Brighton and it’s nice we’ve both achieved that," said Wood ahead of a return to Brighton.

"I was still young, Barnesy was still young, Glenn was still quite young, so it (the Premier League) was a dream, a goal, something to achieve, that's what it was when we were younger.

"Thankfully we've done that and now we're here we just want to go from strength to strength and achieve more."

All three are now established top flight footballers and Wood admits that the trio clicked, with him and Barnes now enjoying a fine partnership on and off the pitch at Burnley.

"It was good. We were three big, physical strikers that seemed to work well together as a front three. It was quite surprising, but it did work well and we had a good season," he added.

“It just clicked between us. With some strikers, it happens automatically. It worked well down there with us and Glenn Murray.

“You just know a striker’s ins and outs and (him and Barnes) just seemed to work really well together.

"We've known each other since Brighton and we've stayed in contact because we've got the same agency.

"We're close in that sense and we've always kept an eye on each other's careers because we've played together. That's what you do when you've known somebody for a long time.

"It was nice coming back here, having a familiar face when I walked in the dressing room two years ago and it made it easier because it was someone I knew."