Brighton & Hove Albion defender Dan Burn admitted he’s desperate to prove his ability in the Premier League, and is now focused on grasping his chance to impress new head coach Graham Potter.
The 27-year-old featured three times for the Seagulls in the Emirates FA Cup last season, but was unable to make a Premier League appearance after spending the opening half of the campaign on loan at Wigan Athletic.
Ahead of Albion’s third season in the Premier League, the central defender is now eager to stake a claim for more game time at the Amex Stadium, as he looks to work his way into Potter’s plans.
He said, “I thought I was a little unlucky to not get more game time last season. Not that I would want any of the lads to get injured, but if there was an injury or suspension, I might of had more of a chance.
“I just want to make my mark and show that I can play at this level. The manager has played a back four and back three at times, so that could help me.
“It’s a clean slate for everyone this year — I met the manager on Wednesday and we had a general chat. It’s now about working hard and doing everything I can to be in and around it.”
The Seagulls head to Austria on Sunday for a pre-season training camp, and Burn is excited to get to grips with the ideas set out by Albion’s new coaching team.
“I think it will be very different to what we’ve seen in the past. We’ve spent the last two days going through the ways the manager wants us to play, with his beliefs and philosophy.
“The lads have taken to it really well. Considering we’ve been away for six weeks, the standard in the first two days of training has been pretty high.
“It’s a different type of pre-season to what we’re used to, it’s a lot more football-based than running-based. We’re still getting the running out of football, but it’s not those usual long runs.
“Austria will be a big test, that’s when the really hard work will come in. It’s about getting used to the way he wants to play as quickly as possible and putting it into practice.”
New signings Leandro Trossard and Matt Clarke join a number of Albion’s returning internationals in Austria, and Burn believes the trip will serve its purpose, especially for the club’s latest recruits.
“For the new lads that come in, it’s a great chance for team building, but it also gives us the chance to do a really intense week of training.
“We won’t have our families to go back to, we’ll be around each other all week long, and before we know it, the pre-season fixtures will then start coming thick and fast.”