Liam Rosenior says that the Premier League is a life-altering experience and hopes his past involvement in the top-tier can help inspire the younger generation of Brighton & Hove Albion players.
Rosenior has spent a large portion of his career playing in England’s top flight and the defender believes he can help encourage Albion’s youngsters to push on and take the Seagulls to the top.
He told seagulls.co.uk, “It is a life-changing experience and until you experience the Premier League you don’t realise how much it can change your life and what a stage it is to perform on.
“When I look at the young players that are here, they have fantastic potential. The likes of Lewis Dunk, Jake Forster-Caskey and Solly March, there are good young players here and hopefully I can make them see the only place to play is in the Premier League.
“To do that you have to work hard, be able to dig in on a cold Tuesday night and grind out a result, be enthusiastic to train and want to improve, and these are all things I have learnt over the course of my career.
“I didn’t know that when I was 20, but now I am 30, and I hopefully bring in experience to say you can achieve this, which I think is possible, otherwise I wouldn’t have signed for the club.”
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Rosenior says he won’t take any notice of the bookmakers or public opinion when it comes the Albion’s chances of success, and has put the onus on how much faith the squad has in itself to mount a promotion challenge.
He added, “I have always believed you don’t look outside for what people think other than yourselves.
“I obviously care about what our fans want from me and expect, but outside of the club you cannot control what people say about you.
“When I was at Hull we got promoted when we were 50-1 at the start of the season to go up. At the start of that season we fancied ourselves as much as anyone else and when you are confident, work hard and have ambition, then great things can be achieved, and I was really lucky to achieve that at Hull.
“I am here now, not just to sit back and relax, but I am here to try and make that happen with this club now.
“You saw with the likes of Bournemouth and Watford, teams that weren’t really fancied to get promoted last season, getting promoted, and that is why I am here - to be back in the Premier League. I feel like this club has just as good a chance as anyone else.”
The 30-year-old is also anticipating a tough battle for full-back roles, admiring the quality and status of fellow defenders Inigo Calderon and Bruno.
“I know quite a lot about football and I know of both Calderon and Bruno. Calderon has been at this club for a long, long time and he has seen this club from League One all the way to this level and nearly into the Premier League.
“I know that deservedly so he is a legend at this club, and Bruno I know played at Valencia, and I have always been impressed when I have played against him or seen him on TV.
“It is about competition for places and about having a good squad over 46 games, but I am delighted I am now their teammates and not playing against them.
“You always have to back yourself and I believe if I play to my potential then I have a very good chance of playing every week, but it is not just about playing every week though; it is about being an asset to the team and helping the team win games.”