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KAYAL THANKFUL FOR FAMILY SUPPORT

25 April 2016

Albion's midfielder praised the impact of his family after receiving his award.




Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Beram Kayal praised the role his family have played, as he received the Player of the Season award at the annual end-of-season dinner.
 
The Albion midfielder scooped 41 per cent of the fans’ vote, leaving Bruno in second with 36 per cent, while David Stockdale and Tomer Hemed took third and fourth places respectively.
 
He said, “First of all, I'm so happy. It's a great feeling especially after only one year and a few months at the club.
 
“I'm happy that the fans see what I can bring every week to the team. It's been a great season for all the players and a lot of them deserve this award.
 
“We've had a great season and I will be even happier if we achieve what we want and get into the Premier League.
 
“To leave my country and to move away from home is hard, but my family gave me all the love and power to continue and to live my dream.
 
“When I made my move here, I was thinking about my wife who was studying at university, but she said maybe it’s the best step for us. The power and motivation she gave me was one of the biggest things I had.”

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The Israeli international admits it is hard to pick out a specific highlight from a memorable season and insists he is just grateful to be playing football regularly again.
 
“There are a lot of happy memories from this season, but the best memory for me is to wake up feeling happy every day with my family.
 
“I have missed this in recent years when I have not been playing football regularly because I have had a lot of injuries in my career.
 
“Now I am fit and I just want to say thanks to the players and everyone at the club who helped me get here and also to my family too.”
 
Kayal also looked at the league season as a whole and admits that the Championship is nothing like he had ever previously experienced, but is determined to help deliver Premier League football to Brighton.
 
“This is the first time I have been in this situation in the Championship. I have been in this position at both Celtic and Maccabi Haifa, but neither were as tough as this league with 46 games.
 
“It's a long marathon and now we have played 44 games with 87 points. I was told that would usually be enough to get automatically promoted to the Premier League, but this season is crazy.
 
“But with the team spirit and the power that we have from the fans, I think we can do it. The fans, the club and the people in the city deserve it.”

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