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28 July 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Izzy Brown

New Brighton & Hove Albion loan signing Izzy Brown feels that this coming season will his most important one to date, as he targets regular game time in the Premier League.
Brown arrived on a season-long loan deal from Chelsea on Tuesday, and feels that Brighton is the best club for him to make a name for himself at the highest level.
He said, "It's the biggest season in my career. For a 20-year-old to play in the Premier League is not seen too much.
"There are not many young players who are playing week-in, week-out at the top level, so I want to take this chance and grab it with both hands.
"In the last week there were lots of clubs calling my agent, but Brighton was always the number one option for me."
Brown spoke about his versatility in the forward areas and how he is equally adept playing out on the left or in a more central role.
“If you asked me this time last year, I would say out on the left, but after the season I just had and all the good games I played in, I would say I am more of a number 10.
“I played more as an attacking midfielder at Huddersfield; that’s where I can get the best out of my game, get on the half-turn and run at defenders. That’s what I like to do.
“But while I would say I am a number 10 for now, a lot of people think I’ll be a number nine when I am older. We’ll see what happens.”
Brown's temporary move to Albion is the fourth loan spell of his career, and despite having to quickly settle into his new surroundings, he has found a familiar face.
"I know Connor Goldson. It was weird; I know Jonny Taylor his best mate, because we were at Rotherham together, and I was in Barcelona and Connor was there at the same time.
"I was eating and he just walked through the restaurant. We spent a night together as a group. He was telling me to come here, because he wanted to see me here.

“It’s like starting at a new school though; it’s tough coming into a dressing room where you don’t know many players and you’ve got to get used to it.
“There are groups of friends, but in time you’ll meet people, and go out with different players for lunch. All the players have made me feel welcome and they all talk to me in the dressing room, so everything is perfect.”

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