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13 July 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Markus Suttner

Brighton & Hove Albion new boy Markus Suttner says he's ready for the challenge ahead, as his new club looks to establish themselves in the Premier League this coming season.

The Austrian international left-back helped Ingolstadt defy the odds in 2015/16 to retain their Bundesliga place in their first-ever season at the top table of German football.

Suttner said, "I am always prepared to fight and work hard, and I have been told that team is filled with good characters, who have fought together to achieve what they have and I am really happy to become part of the team.

"I have a 100% passion for success and want to be a leader on the pitch. I will play how the manager wants me to play. If he wants me to attack then I will and if I have to stay deep, then I will do this. I will do what the manager wants and what the team needs.

"I had a good season last year and now in this stage of my career, it's perfect to play in the Premier League, and the challenge for Brighton is a similar one to the one I first encountered with Ingolstadt."

Suttner, who represented Austria at Euro 2016, hung up his international boots earlier this year to focus on club football, added, "To sign this contract in Austria is a good feeling and a good moment.

"When I heard that Brighton was interested in me, I thought about it and it was clear I wanted to sign for Brighton. For me, the chance to play in the Premier League is one of the best options for any player and I'm very happy to be here.

"It's a very good move at this time in my career, and I don’t have words to describe how happy I am to have signed the contract. I'm excited and keen to meet the players and start training."

Suttner already has an insight into the club - via former Ingolstadt teammate Pascal Gross, who joined Albion at the end of last season - and is relishing the prospect of playing against the top clubs in England.

"I spoke with him in the past few weeks, but it was hard as it was taking a long time for the transfer to go through and it was a frustrating period.

"There are only good players in the Premier League and so many good teams here, I don't want to single out one team or player who I am looking forward to playing against. My main aim is for success for us and to make sure we have a good season.

"That's what interests me. My focus is now on getting to know the team in the coming days, see how we have to play and being ready for the new season."

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