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7 June 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Henrik Bjordal has enjoyed playing football in Sweden.

Bjordal has made 11 league appearances for IFK Gothenburg.

Brighton & Hove Albion under-23 forward Henrik Bjordal is delighted with the game time he’s picked up during his loan spell with IFK Gothenburg, after playing in front of over 30,000 supporters for the Swedish side.

Bjordal made the move in March, after making 15 appearances for Albion’s under-23 side in the Premier League 2 Division 2, and the Norwegian expressed his happiness to be playing regular first team football.

He said, “I’ve enjoyed it so far. I’ve played every game and I’m very happy to be starting here. I’m playing wide right, whereas I’ve usually been on the left. But, of course, I’m just happy to play.

“There have been ups and downs. The team haven’t been as good as we had hoped. We haven’t lived up to our own expectations of ourselves.

“I’ve played some good games, some not so good. But I’m still young and I think you will have your ups and downs. Overall, I’m happy with how I’ve done.”

The 20-year-old reflected on his debut in Sweden’s top flight, and believes the experience has been beneficial for his development as a player, ahead of his return to England in July.

“I had played for the under-23s at Crawley and my next game was the first league fixture here, against Malmo in front of 35,000!

“It was a 1-1 draw and I felt it was a good start for me. It’s a very tight league and a good standard. I played in Norway before and it’s better than that.

“But it is very difficult to compare with the under-23 league in England. I feel I’ve benefited here, It’s important to play first-team football and it's been a good time for me.”

“It’s been a long season! I haven’t had a break since we reported back at Brighton last summer, but I really enjoy playing football.”

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