Brighton & Hove Albion under-23 midfielder Steven Alzate is relishing being back out on the training field at the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre.
Alzate spent the first half of the year on loan at Swindon Town before having his time at the Robins cut short through injury, but he spoke of his satisfaction to be back on the south coast with the Seagulls ahead of the new campaign.
He said, “I’m delighted to be back with the rest of the team, I had a good experience overall last year but to get injured and miss a big part of the season in the way I did was very frustrating.
“I played first-team football and got that setback, but now I’m feeling good and fit, so hopefully I can push on this year.
“It was about rehab work for four or five months, which was obviously frustrating, but then I did manage to get back on the field at the end of the campaign.”
The 20-year-old made 22 league appearances for the Sky Bet League Two outfit last term, scoring twice, and he reflected on what he learnt from his time in Wiltshire both on and off the field.
“It’s a completely different environment in senior football, everything is much quicker, and you have to be completely on your game no matter the opposition,” he continued.
“Away from the field I moved in with someone who I knew from when I was young, and it was also good to be around senior players who you pick things up from every day.
“I’ve been with the first team this week and that’s been great, it’s good to be back here.”
After signing a new three-year deal in November 2018 with the Seagulls, Alzate’s aim is to now kick on and push for a place in the thoughts of new head coach Graham Potter.
“I want to really show what I can do, I want to be playing first-team football again this campaign, that’s my main aim.
“It feels like home now and I feel comfortable here, so I’m ready to give it everything this pre-season.”