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25 January 2019

Paul Hazlewood
Dan Burn watches on from the dugout at the Amex Stadium.

Brighton & Hove Albion defender Dan Burn highlighted the strong level of competition in the heart of the team’s defence, and stressed the importance of pushing his team-mates to perform as he looks to break into the side.

The 26-year-old is yet to feature for the Seagulls after returning from his loan spell at Wigan Athletic, and he admitted he’s got his work cut out if he’s to force his way into Chris Hughton’s starting line-up.

He said, “I probably couldn’t have picked a harder position to get into. Dunks [Lewis Dunk] and Duffer [Shane Duffy] are both international centre-halves, so it’s obviously going to be a tough task.

“We’ve also got Leon [Balogun], who’s another international centre-half, so it’s difficult but I’ve just got to keep pushing them all the way.

“I’m enjoying it here and I can learn off them. At the very least, if I’m pushing them to become better players, then it’s good for everyone.

“The lads have been really good with me since coming in. Training has been a level up from what I’ve been used to, the ball gets popped around a lot quicker, but I think I’ve settled in well.”

The defender’s only appearance at the Amex Stadium came in April 2017, and he reflected on that memorable day, which saw Albion seal their promotion to the Premier League, while Wigan dropped into the third tier.

“It was a great day for Brighton but a terrible day for Wigan - it got us relegated! I remember the atmosphere was ridiculous.

“I’ve joked to the lads before that getting Brighton promoted and then joining the club was my plan all along.

“Football is a bit of a rollercoaster, you have your ups and downs, but luckily I managed to sign for this great club and hopefully I can kick on now.”

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