Brighton & Hove Albion under-23s midfielder Steven Alzate says he will do everything possible to force his way into the first team at the Seagulls after signing a new three-year contract.
Alzate, currently on a season-long loan at Swindon Town, expressed his delight at signing a new deal and is now eager to make the breakthrough into the senior squad and establish himself on the south coast.
He said, “I’m buzzing, I feel like it shows the club has placed a lot of trust in me, and hopefully it’s the first of many contracts I sign with them.
“I still had more time left on my previous contract, but I was always going to sign a new contract if they offered it to me because I feel like they’ve treated me well.
“They bought me from Leyton Orient, and since then they’ve supported me with everything.
“The main goal now is to play in the first team, whether that happens next year, the following year or year after that, is down to me. I will do everything possible to do that.
“Chris Hughton has given a few youngsters an opportunity to play and hopefully I can get my chance soon and take it. Seeing him give a chance to a few of the under-23 players can only give me hope.”
The attacking midfielder’s immediate focus is on Swindon, and he is hoping to play his part in a promotion challenge for the Robins this campaign.
“It’s been a great experience; I arrived at the club after already making 12 appearances for Leyton Orient, but I feel like I had to go back to that level and prove myself again.
“I feel like I am doing well and hopefully I can keep it going and help Swindon get promoted.
“When you’re playing for the under-23s, you’ve got more time on the ball and the emphasis is more about playing well, whereas now the most important thing is the result.
“I feel like I’ve matured a lot because I am around senior pros, and I’m learning new things every day.”