Jake Forster-Caskey feels the combination of the new American Express Elite Football Performance Centre and Sami Hyypia’s arrival as Brighton & Hove Albion manager has elevated the mood within the squad.
Talking to Seagulls Player the England Under-21 said, “All the lads have bought into what Sami is trying to do here and that helps. He has got the respect of the whole squad and training is lively; all the players are really enjoying it this year.
“Coming out every day and training on those lovely pitches at the training ground and going into the gym with all those amazing facilities is pretty spectacular. Coming from the old training ground it is like two different worlds.
“But it won’t make us play brilliantly, we still have to put the work in and work harder. Having the facilities will help every day but on a Saturday we still need to go out and do it and make the fans proud.”
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The midfielder has risen through the ranks at the Albion and rather than look upon what the next generation will have at the new training ground compared to what he did at that age, the 20-year-old sees it as a brighter future for the Seagulls.
“We are all together now as one and it is great for them to look up to young players who have come through the ranks like me, Lewis [Dunk] and Solly [March] and see that you can do it.
“The under-18s are there every day and can see us and even the little ones come in during the evenings can see what they want to strive to be. That is only good for the club because the more youngsters you can get playing the better it will be for Brighton.
“Everybody knows that Brighton give youngsters a chance and that is massive but also in the other players we have really good experienced pros here and playing with them can make you a much better player as well.”