Albion's striker feels his game has improved in recent years.
Glenn Murray believes the experience he’s gained from playing in England’s top flight has improved him as a player, and is now focused on firing Brighton & Hove Albion into the Premier League this season.
The 32-year-old, who returned to the club on loan from AFC Bournemouth this summer, insists he has gone throuth plenty of personal growth since leaving the club in 2011.
He said, “As a player, I’m definitely more experienced and, personally, I think I’m a better one too. When I left here, I’d only played in League One, but now I’ve played in the two divisions above that.
“Through doing that, I think I’ve become a better player. Playing with better players, week in week out, has hopefully rubbed off on me.
“As a person, I appreciate what I do a lot more now. I want to continue scoring goals, and to do that I’ve got to work hard and keep my body right.
“You do a lot of growing up in your 20s and into your 30s. I appreciate the job I do, I enjoy playing in big stadia week in week out; it’s what everybody wants to do as a child and I’m lucky enough to do that.”
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Murray is looking forward to making his second competitive home debut for the club on Friday evening, and is focused on securing promotion with the Seagulls.
“Hopefully it will be a nice return with three points and a full stadium. That’s how we want it to go and we’ll try to make it happen.
“I’m here to do my job. Whether the fans get behind me or not, I’m still going to do that job to the best of my ability.
“My focus is on getting Brighton & Hove Albion promoted to the Premier League. If we carry the belief that the boys have got from last season, I think it’s a realistic target to be in and around there [automatic promotion spots].”
The striker then reflected on Albion’s opening day performance at Derby County and expects another tough test when Forest make the long trip south.
“They’ll be a strong outfit [Forest]. They had a good result on the opening day and scored a lot of goals, but also let a lot in. They’ve got a lot of new clientele in the eleven they started with last weekend, so hopefully we’ll be able to pick some holes in them.
“I think Derby are a very strong outfit that are going to be up there towards the end of the season. A 0-0 draw there on the opening day of the season, especially when they’ve got a new manager, was a good result for us."
“With their new manager, there’s a lot of exuberance around their place at the minute. To go there, snuff them out and get away with a 0-0 draw, considering their attacking potential, was a good start to the season.”
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