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MURRAY DELIGHTED TO SECURE PERMANENT MOVE

2 February 2017

The striker committed his permanent future to the club on Tuesday.


Brighton & Hove Albion striker Glenn Murray had no hesistation in signing a permanent deal with the club, and is now fully focused on achieving promotion to the Premier League this season.

The 33-year-old signed on undisclosed terms from AFC Bournemouth after scoring 15 goals during his loan spell this season, and the forward is pleased to finalise his move back to Sussex.

He said, “I’m delighted, obviously I’ve been part of the club for the past five or six months, and even though I did feel part of it before, I feel even more part of it now.

“It settles me down and I don’t have to think about what’s going to happen in the summer. I didn’t feel as though I had a future at Bournemouth, that was quite clear.

“Why wouldn’t I have wanted to make it permanent? It’s not like we’re floundering at the bottom, we’re sitting at the summit at the minute and the club’s going in the right direction.

“When you’re happy off the pitch you play better on it, so hopefully that will be the case. I’m settled again, fully focused and I’m determined to help the club get promoted.”

Murray has been joined by the arrival of Arsenal forward Chuba Akpom, who signed a loan deal until the end of the season, and Albion’s top goalscorer welcomed the 21-year-old with open arms.

“Anybody that can challenge for places is welcome at the club, because we’re all pulling in one direction and all got one thing that we’re aiming for.

“We all need to push each other, and if he starts and does well, that’s brilliant, it’s all about getting to that end goal together.

“We only had three strikers, so he adds a little bit of strength in depth and also adds something different, he’s pacy and tall.

“He showed his quality at Arsenal and at a few other clubs where he was on loan at in the past. I think he’s quite an exciting player, he’s young and we look forward to getting him into the fold.”

The Seagulls travel to Huddersfield Town this evening, and Murray believes Albion’s victory in the reverse fixture was a turning point, and praised the Terriers for their impressive form this season.

“I think Huddersfield were top [of the table] then, so that was a big night for us. I don’t think we played particularly well and Anthony [Knockaert] scored a scruffy goal, but that set us on the road and we haven’t looked back since.

“They’re one of the surprise packages, without a doubt. Most of the country would have thought they’d have fallen off, but they’ve done fantastic.

“They’ve been in and around it all year, all it takes is for them to go on a little run and the teams above them to slip up, and I’m sure they’ll be there to take their opportunity.

“We respect them as a club, we’ll do our homework, go up there and try to take some points off them at their place.”

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