Brighton & Hove Albion under-23 goalkeeper Tom McGill is determined to repay those that have supported his journey on the south coast, after signing a new two-year contract with the club.
The shot-stopper signed for the Seagulls at 14 years of age in 2014, and has since worked his way through the age groups to Albion’s under-23s, while also enjoying various loans to non-league clubs.
The 19-year-old put pen to paper on a new deal earlier today, and he spoke passionately about his gratitude for the support and guidance he’s received over the years.
He said, “I’m really happy to sign a new contract and commit myself to the club for another couple of years.
“It’s hard when you’ve always got half an eye on what’s next, but the two years gives me security to knuckle down and work even harder.
“I’ve got so many people around me that have made sacrifices to help me get to where I am now, such as my parents driving me into the training ground every morning.
“It’s good to finally be able to drive, so I have that responsibility on my own shoulders, but I’m so grateful to all the people that have supported me.
“Hopefully they won’t stop supporting me — I still need them and I’m getting closer and closer to my goal every day.”
McGill spoke of his desire to reach the first team, and insists he’ll do everything in his power to complete the journey he’s always had his eyes on.
“It would be a crazy opportunity for me to pay back everybody that has believed in me and given so much for me to go on this journey.
“I owe it to myself as well. Being in such a great position such as the one I’m in now, I have to give as much as I can to try and see it through.
“I’m still not close, but I’m a lot closer than I was when I was 14 years of age. I’ll continue to give 100% every single day.”