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POCOGNOLI'S IMPORTANT MOVE

31 August 2016

The Belgian international is targeting regular game time at Albion.


Sebastien Pocognoli says he hopes his loan move to Brighton & Hove Albion will prove positive and help rejuvenate his career, after a frustrating spell at West Bromwich Albion.
 
The Belgian international, who has joined until the end of the season, made just five appearances for his parent club last season and is now determined to play a key part in Brighton’s promotion push.
 
He said, “It’s a very important move for me because when you are in a difficult situation like I was at West Brom, you have to make a decision, and I hope that this choice will give me a new positive way in my career.
 
“I have good experience in England. Sometimes in your career you have difficult situations for a number of reasons, but for me to come to Brighton was the best option.
 
“Brighton is the perfect Championship club for me, and I am sure I will feel good here; that’s the most important thing for me.
 
“I have gone a long time without a game and I need to enjoy my football and my job. I am very happy and very motivated and just want to try to win promotion with the team.”

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The full-back explained what attributes he will bring to the team and was full of praise for manager Chris Hughton.
 
“I am a left-back, I am left footed and I like to participate in the attacking side of the team.
 
“But the most important thing is to defend well and keep shape. I like to contribute with crosses, get forward, play with my heart and try to give everything in every game. Those are my qualities.
 
“I spoke with the manager [Chris Hughton] and he was very clear about the vision of the club and what he wanted to do.
 
“From what I heard about the club, it is a very stable team with a good structure, and it’s what I want at this moment in my career. The facilities and the stadium are brilliant and I think Brighton is a lovely place to live.
 
“That’s important for my family too and everything is perfect for me to bring some positive energy in my career.”
 
Pocognoli is now eagerly anticipating his Seagulls debut, but knows he is far from guaranteed a place in the team and is ready to battle for a regular starting berth.
 
“I can’t wait to play football, but first I need to train and get back to a good level so I am ready to give everything on the pitch.
 
“I know we have a good squad, so I need to fight to be in the team and I will do my best to do it.”

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