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MARCH TARGETING THE TOP PRIZE

26 April 2017

The club's young player of the year now wants to win the main award.


Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Solly March was pleased to win the club’s Young Player of the Season award for the second time in his career, but expressed his desire to claim the main prize at next year’s awards ceremony.

Anthony Knockaert was announced as the club’s Player of the Season on Monday night, and March plans to follow in the Frenchman’s footsteps next season, before commenting on the importance of gaining promotion to the Premier League.

He said, “I think I’m still young enough to win it next season, but I want to win the main one next time.

“Obviously it’s nice to get an individual award, but promotion is a much bigger achievement for everyone. That means a lot more.

“To come back, in the second half of the season, and play my part was nice, but to win the league after promotion, it would cap off a great year.”

The Seagulls will compete in the Premier League for the first time in the club’s history next season, and March thinks the realisation of playing in England’s top flight is yet to hit home.

“It probably won’t sink in that we’re in the Premier League until we start playing there. Once the fixtures come out, it will be great with the little details like Nike footballs and having the Amex on Fifa.

“The little details will make it special and everyone can’t wait to test themselves against the best players in the world. It’s a challenge that we’ll take in our stride.

“We’ll try and improve to stay in the league, that’s the aim next year. If we finish 17th, we’ll probably take that, but we want to compete in the best way we can.”

March is now focused on securing the Sky Bet Championship league title, starting with Saturday’s home game against Bristol City, and also has this summer’s Under-21 European Championships in mind.

“We’d definitely be annoyed with ourselves [if we finish second], but hopefully we can get the win on Saturday that gets us the title and a little medal to take home.

“Hopefully I can go away to the Euros, and that will include a five/six week training camp on top of the tournament.

“The holidays don’t bother me. I’ll have a chance to have a break before and after that, so you’d take going away with England because it’s a proud moment."

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