Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Beram Kayal believes that his recent return to the side has been the culmination of hard work and determination.
The Israeli was on target in Saturday’s 1-0 win over Newcastle United at St James’ Park in his third start of the campaign, and he reflected openly on his time out of the side having returned to the fold in recent matches and netting his first Premier League goal at the weekend.
He said, “I always let my football do the talking and then take my chance when it comes to me – that’s always my aim, I’m not one to try to make too much noise.
“People around the club know about the tough time I’ve had with injuries, it was a test of myself and my character. But now I’m back playing, and it means a lot to me and my family – they were always there for me.
“I never stopped believing or trying to get back into the fold and prove to people that I deserved to be playing.”
Kayal signed a one-year contract extension earlier this month to keep him on the south coast until at least 2020, and he spoke fondly about his relationship with manager Chris Hughton and his affiliation with the Albion.
“The manager trusts me, and I was really happy with the new contract and the faith that showed.
“He wants me to stay at this football club, I was one of his first signings and since that time there has been a lot of change.
“I’ve had memorable moments with this football club, as well as tough ones too with injuries and missing out on promotion.
“I’m just really enjoying it every day at the moment, I enjoy coming into work and now I’m hungrier than ever.”
Kayal represented Israel in the UEFA Nations League for the country’s victories against Scotland and Albania during the international break ahead of the game on Tyneside at the weekend.
He cited a busy but ultimately rewarding period as being one he’s enjoyed, with Wolves next on the agenda at the Amex Stadium this weekend.
“The games I’ve had here in recent weeks have helped me to perform for the national side too. I played in the cup and then played three Premier League games which gave me great confidence.
“I’m feeling fit, but when things are going well you then have to work even harder to stay hungry.
“We have a good chance to continue this good form back at the Amex on Saturday – we always say that the next game is the most important for Brighton and that’s the case this weekend.”