Brighton & Hove Albion under-23s midfielder Anders Dreyer believes that his spell on loan at St Mirren last term will serve him well for the future.
The Danish midfielder joined the Scottish Premiership side for the latter half of the 2018/19 campaign having arrived at the Seagulls in the summer of 2018, and he spoke buoyantly about his time north of the border.
He said, “Overall it was a really good experience for me. Unfortunately I got an injury towards the end of April, but on the whole, it was a really successful time.
“It’s a long way from Brighton to Scotland, but I knew I wanted to experience that sort of culture because of how passionate the fans are up there with their outlook on the game.
“It was straight into a very physical men’s game which is what I wanted, and I had a really good time up there. I learned a lot.”
The 21-year-old made 11 appearances in all competitions while on loan last term, and believes that he learnt just as much on the pitch as he did off it.
“You learn just as much about yourself away from football when you move on loan to a club at my age,” he continued.
“But I also learnt a lot when I moved from Denmark to Brighton, and in that respect, I think this year has been very good for me and my development as a player and a person.
“I have seen two new cultures with football and I’m still a young guy. Hopefully I can use those in the next couple of years to my advantage.”
Dreyer’s second start for St Mirren came against Steven Gerrard’s Rangers at the start of February – a day he says will live long in the memory after taking to the field in front of a capacity crowd.
“One of the stand-out moments for me has to be the away game with Rangers, with thousands of fans in the stadium at Ibrox. That was very special for me.
“It was a great experience to play in a match with over 50,000 people watching and it was really good for me despite the result of the match.
“It’s something I would like to do again. As a player you aspire to play in front of big crowds on big occasions.”