Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Jayson Molumby was delighted to get another chance to impress in the first team alongside Dessie Hutchinson, in Tuesday night’s narrow 1-0 Carabao Cup defeat to Bournemouth.
Molumby put in an accomplished display alongside Hutchinson in the heart of midfield, with both players hailing from County Waterford in Ireland.
He said, “You work hard every day in the under-23s and under-18s to be given that opportunity in the first team by the gaffer and the club.
“For him to show trust in myself and Dessie is brilliant, because it means a lot to us.
“I know Dessie very well, we go way back and he’s from the same county in Ireland as me. I train with him every day and play with him most matchdays for the under-23s, so we’ve got a good understanding.”
The 18-year-old spoke about how their progress is monitored back home, before reflecting on his brilliant decision to sign for the club as a scholar just over two years ago.
“It’s been very good, everybody has just been blown away by me and Dessie because we’re from the same place.
“It’s a big deal for any young Irish lad coming over, so I just want to do them proud and do my best.
“I knew that it was a very good opportunity here, because they like young players and have a great academy for them to progress.
"The Irish connection was a big factor too with all the Irish boys here, and John Morling, the academy manager, was a big influence.”
The midfielder’s long-term target is to make his league debut for the Seagulls, but he says he's not getting carried away.
“All I am focused on is doing my best and not looking too far ahead of myself.
“It’s very early and I’ve only played two games for the first team, so I need to keep working hard and do my best. Hopefully that [league debut] might happen in the future.”