Brighton & Hove Albion goalkeeper Jason Steele highlighted the healthy relationship between himself and the other first-team shot-stoppers at the club, and expressed his desire to take opportunities when they arise.
The 28-year-old, who featured for Albion in the Checkatrade Trophy on Tuesday evening, spoke fondly about fellow goalkeepers Maty Ryan and David Button, and stressed the importance of providing competition for one another.
“Maty [Ryan] has been unbelievable for a while now and we’ll be there to support him. David [Button] also played well the other night [in the Carabao Cup] - we’re very close and push each other every day.
“Ultimately, that’s what I came here to do [push for the number one spot]. I want to play in the Premier League. It’s football and you never know what’s around the corner.
“Hopefully I can keep pushing hard every day, keep improving on every aspect of my game, and what will be will be. If it doesn’t happen, then it doesn’t happen, but I’ll certainly try my hardest.”
Steele signed for the Seagulls in June after spending the majority of his career in the north of England, and the shot-stopper expressed his happiness to be at the club following a difficult start to life on the south coast.
“It’s been tough for me because I came in and tore my thigh within five days. Straightaway I was on the back-foot really - I was at a new club and knew I’d be injured for six weeks.
“It’s quite hard when you’re on your own at times. I’ve got a wife and kids, they came down for a while and helped me settle in massively.
“I’m at a magnificent club with an unbelievable group of boys and staff. I’m really proud to be a part of the team and just hope I get the chance to eventually show why I’m here.”