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KERR'S PREMIER LEAGUE INCENTIVE

24 May 2017

The teenage prospect was motivated by the chance to play in England's top flight.


New Brighton & Hove Albion signing Josh Kerr admitted the prospect of joining a Premier League club was a huge incentive in making the move from Celtic, and is now looking forward to working his way into Simon Rusk’s under-23 team.

The 19-year-old spent five years playing for the Scottish giants, but couldn’t turn down the opportunity of joining the Seagulls, after the club secured their place in England’s top flight.

He said, “It happened quite quickly. I’d been offered another contract by Celtic, but when a Premier League club comes along, you can’t really knock them back. It’s good to be here.

“I was excited, because I’d been watching the last couple of games. It’s Premier League next season, so it looks like the club is on the up.

“I want to settle into the under-23s, get used to the place and find my feet, and then hopefully I can start putting pressure on the manager to play me.

“Some of the players will be older and more experienced, but I can learn off them. I want to show them what I’ve got and hopefully that will stand me in good stead.”

The central defender reflected on the season just gone with the Parkhead club, before revealing his own playing style and who he looked up to when growing up as a young footballer in Scotland.

“I played quite a lot of games, we won the Scottish Youth Cup against Rangers and I probably played about 25 games, so it was a really good season.

“We played in the Champions League [youth], so I was up against European strikers, who were quicker around your feet, so it’s just about getting used to the short, sharp movements.

“I’m more of a European-style defender. I’d rather play the ball about and make passes, rather than just launch it and hope somebody gets on the end of it. I’d rather start an attack and defend properly.

“When I was younger, it was [Nemanja] Vidic. I liked how he was hard but also played football as well. It wasn’t one or the other, he could bring both into his game.”

Kerr also commented on Albion’s state-of-the-art training ground - the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre - which he believes is well equipped for life in the Premier League.

“I came down for a tour and it’s very impressive. It’s a lot bigger than what I’ve been used to and much bigger than Celtic’s. It’s definitely a Premier League facility.”

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