New signing Shane Duffy on his move south and aims for the season.
New Brighton & Hove Albion defender Shane Duffy believes that an up-and-down final few games at Blackburn will help him become a better player, and now he wants to better last season’s goal tally.
It's been well documented that the 24-year-old has had a memorable fortnight for very different reasons. He scored the winner in Tuesday’s EFL Cup victory over Crewe Alexandra, that coming after two own goals and being sent-off in his previous league game against Cardiff. He also scored another own goal before that game at Wigan.
He told seagulls.co.uk, “I don’t know if I can describe it. Against Wigan, I scored my first own goal, carried on to get sent off after I had scored another two against Cardiff. I don’t think you would write it in a script!
“In terms of why I was making those mistakes, it was my own fault because I shouldn’t have let the transfer speculation get to me - but it was the first time where I’ve been in that situation.
“I’ve learned from it and it’s going to make me a better player because I won’t make those mistakes again, and it’s what makes you a footballer. You have yours ups and downs. That was a down and I’ll get over it.
“I pride myself on goals at the right end. I want to better my tally of five from last year - I could’ve had ten from the chances I had - so my aim is to be more clinical at set pieces this season, but the first thing is to try and get into the team, as it’s a strong squad here.
“I feel I can be a threat from set-pieces and that with the players we’ve got here and their ability from set plays, hopefully I can beat my total from last year and get a few more.”
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The Republic of Ireland international will bolster Chris Hughton’s options in central defence, with Uwe Huenemeier, Lewis Dunk, and Connor Goldson already vying for the two centre-back berths.
“It's brilliant having that competition, it’s what you want and it makes you a better player. When you come to any club, you don’t want to be the only good defender.
“The defenders that are here are probably the strongest in the Championship. I want to thrive off that and try and learn from them too.
“I’m looking forward to the challenge, I fully respect my teammates and want to earn myself a place in the team.”
Duffy is relishing the chance to work under former Irish international Chris Hughton, someone the 24-year-old has always admired.
“He’s a legend and a big manager in football. What he has done in his career is phenomenal, I’m exciting to play under him.”
“I am a big Ireland fan, I have always followed the team even before I was playing for them and I’ve followed their history too. He was a great player for them and he is a legend back home.”
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