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MURRAY BACKS TEAM-MATE TO SHINE NEXT SEASON

22 May 2017

Albion's striker looks ahead to the challenges facing his team-mates in the Premier League.


Brighton & Hove Albion striker Glenn Murray believes that playing in the Premier League could provide Solly March with the perfect platform to shine next season, and highlighted the key differences from the Championship.

Last season’s top goalscorer has Premier League experience from his time playing for Crystal Palace and Bournemouth, and feels his England under-21 international team-mate can adapt well to the step up.

He said, “It just suits some players [Premier League], and it’s very different to the Football League. It’s played at a different tempo and I think some of our players can flourish there, one of them being Solly March.”

“It’s a big difference, the Championship is very unforgiving physically, and it’s relentless, game after game, week after week, and it’s very unforgiving on the body whether you’re young or old.

“In the Premier League, you get much more rest and time to prepare for games, but I think you probably need to concentrate a bit more.

“If you give as many chances away as you do in the Championship, then teams will score. That’s the main thing, the players we’re playing against are more clinical.”

Murray admitted he’s enjoyed taking a break from football after a memorable season with the Seagulls, and aims to rest over the summer months before the club’s Premier League campaign gets underway in August.

“There’s always a big reaction when you get promoted, obviously the Wigan game and then it was all focused on trying to win the league, but since it all finished, I’ve kept my head buried in the sand and kept away from it all.

“It’s nice to step away from football, it’s been a long season and to just knock off from it and relax going into the summer, it’s a nice feeling.”

Two of Albion’s Premier League fixtures will be against local rivals Crystal Palace next season, and Murray gave his thoughts on the prospect of playing against his former club at the Amex and Selhurst Park.

“It’s good for both clubs, it’s nice to see Palace stay up and I am sure all the fans will look forward to the two fixtures next year.

“I think a lot of Brighton fans would have liked them to go down, but I’m delighted they’ve stayed up and they are a couple of fixtures next year that will be quite good.”

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