Brighton & Hove Albion striker Glenn Murray expressed his delight after extending his contract by a further year, and highlighted his appreciation towards the club for showing continued faith in his ability.
The 35-year-old has found the back of the net six times for the Seagulls this season, taking him to the 100-goal mark and securing his place in Albion’s record books as the club’s post-war record goalscorer.
After signing on the dotted line to extend his stay until the end of the 2019/20 season, Murray spoke of his happiness to be staying on the south coast and also of his focus towards achieving further success with the club.
He said, “It means a lot that the club has shown another year’s faith in me. I just want to carry on in the form I’m in at the minute and continue scoring goals at this level for Brighton.
“I don’t think at any stage of my career I’d have believed I would be getting another contract in the Premier League at this age, but you just never know what can happen in football.
“That’s why you’ve got to remain professional, try your best and keep striving forward. It’s very nice to have the security, especially when my family are based here, that’s a big thing for me.
“It wasn’t something I was losing sleep over, I was fully focused on the season as a whole and trying to keep Brighton in the Premier League.
“But it’s nice to put the next year to bed and know that I’ll be here at the club, hopefully playing in the Premier League again.”
Murray’s form over the opening 12 matches of the Premier League season has drawn plenty of praise, and although the forward believes his goals have had a part to play, he commented on his overall contribution to the team.
“I believe I deserve this and obviously the club feel exactly the same, otherwise they wouldn't have rewarded me with a new contract. My form has got a part to play in the circumstances.
“If I remained professional, trained well, played well and did the right things on the field, even if the goals weren’t coming, I still believe the club would have given me this contract.
“Training is the lead up to a game on a Saturday, and it’s just about keeping yourself as right as possible and working towards your pinnacle.
“At my age I know what I need to do and what I don’t need to do. I try and focus on the things I need and try to prepare properly for every single game.”
Murray found the back of the net 12 times in the Premier League last season, and despite admitting his desire for further goals, he also remains focused on making the most of his other attributes.
“I think it’s about maintaining more than anything, rather than progressing. It’s about concentrating on the things that you’re good at and trying to keep on doing those.
“I don’t think my hunger in front of goal will ever dwindle - even when I’m very, very old. I think I’ll still celebrate scoring goals in the back garden with the kids when I’m retired!”
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