Brighton & Hove Albion striker Glenn Murray was delighted to see team-mate Florin Andone put a difficult start in England behind him, as the Romanian fired the team to three points over the weekend.
Andone replaced Murray in attack for Albion’s 2-1 victory at Huddersfield Town, and despite having to start the match on the bench, the club’s post-war record goalscorer was pleased to see his fellow striker get off the mark.
“He’s obviously picked up a few niggles along the way, so it hasn’t been a smooth transition and that’s given him a little bit of time to see the Premier League and understand what it’s about.
“But to see him get out there on Saturday and score the winning goal against Huddersfield was great.
“Obviously I was disappointed not to play, but I soon got over that with three points. It was much needed and very important for the team.
“It’s important to have healthy competition, we’re all friends off the field and we’re all pulling in the same direction- but I think all three of us [Jurgen Locadia] offer something different.”
Murray has featured in all 14 of Albion’s Premier League matches this season, coming off the bench in just two of them, and the 35-year-old highlighted the inspiration he takes from a certain team-mate.
“I’ve got a great mentor in Bruno, he paves the way for me and shows me what to do. To still be playing Premier League football at 38, it’s some achievement.
“He’s somebody that I’ve kept a close eye on since I joined the club, and I take bits off him to try and prolong my own career.
“He was about 35 when I joined and most people only expected another year or two, but he’s still going three years later in the Premier League, which shows what a great pro he is.”
Murray signed a one-year contract extension last month and currently sits on seven goals for the season - the forward expressed his happiness to be playing out his career on the south coast.
“Somebody told me once that if you’re happy off the field, then you’re happy on it, and I think for me personally that is the perfect saying.
“I’m very happy in Brighton, my family are based here and I get to spend extra time at the club looking after my body at this age, which I think is the right thing to do.
“It’s still early in the season and if I was to end with seven goals at the end of the season, it would be very disappointing.
“But I’m in a great vein of form at the minute, I’m enjoying my football and long may that continue."