Brighton & Hove Albion’s latest loan signing Darren Bent says the euphoria of finding the net has not diminished over the years, and that he is looking to enjoy that feeling again with the Seagulls.
The 30-year-old has an excellent goal-scoring record throughout his career and is now hoping to reignite that at the Amex after a frustrating start to the season with his parent club Aston Villa.
He told Seagulls Player, “I’ve always managed to score goals when I’ve played regularly and hopefully this spell at Brighton won’t be any different.
“I love scoring goals. I still feel like the same 11-year-old boy when I put the ball in the back of the net; it’s the best feeling in the world and I’m sure that will never change.
“Over the years I’ve managed to pick up a knack of scoring goals, working hard in training on my finishing day in and day out, and just being in the right place at the right time.
“I’ve been raring to go for a while. I thought pre-season went well for Villa but this season has obviously not worked out well. I have not played as much football as I would have liked.
“It’s a fantastic club but at the same time I can’t wait forever. Brighton felt like the perfect place to come and play football, especially with someone here like Sami Hyypia, who I’ve played against many times over the years.
“As a manager I think he is the right man. He is the kind of guy I want to play for.”
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“I’ve seen Brighton play and they play like a Premier League team. They play good football and that is why I wanted to come here and join them.”
“I wasn’t getting a lot of game time at Aston Villa and it doesn’t bother me that I’ve had to drop down a division to play football.
“It has never been about money or anything like that. It has always been about playing football. I’m always at my happiest when I’m playing football.
“Anyone who knows me and has known me for a long time knows that all I care about is football.
Bent added that he had absolutely no qualms in dropping down to the Championship from the Premier League because his desire to play regularly is so strong.