New Brighton & Hove Albion winger Leandro Trossard says that he’s ready to take on the challenge of English football after completing his move from KRC Genk.
The 24-year-old put pen to paper on a four-year deal with the Seagulls having plied his trade for the Belgian Jupiler Pro League champions for the previous nine-and-a-half years, and he spoke buoyantly about the new chapter in his career.
He said, “I spent a lot of time at my old club and of course experienced many things there from a young age, it was my childhood club and I was born there.
“I progressed as both a player and person, last year we had a great season where I was captain for a while so that helped things like my mentality too.
“I’ve learned a lot and now I’m happy that I can come to a bigger league to help Brighton succeed.”
Trossard was a key member of the side who claimed the league title in his homeland last term, scoring 22 goals and providing 11 assists in all competitions as Genk also reached the knockout stages of the Europa League.
He reflected on a memorable campaign and spoke about the benefits of being given the captain’s armband at his former club.
“It couldn’t have gone much better to be honest. It was a dream last year, it was my boyhood club who I captained to the league title,” he continued.
“It was great, and I have earned this move to England with Brighton. Being captain of the side at just 24, it was a responsibility that I enjoyed.
“I’d already been there a long time which made it more special. It’s good to be able to have those experiences because it always helps your communication within a side to be able to help your team-mates.
“The head coach here wants players to take responsibility and I know I can bring that now, not only on the pitch but away from it too, it will do me a lot of good.”
Albion’s newest recruit also tied the knot at the weekend before making the trip to England, and he looked ahead with excitement to a new life, both professionally and personally.
“It’s been a busy few days for sure, but both myself and my wife are really happy about our new life in England now.
“It’s a new adventure, I’ve spoken with some people already and they told me that Brighton is a really nice city to live in.
“It’s a nice club and one which I’ve followed over the last few months. It’s an exciting adventure for me to play in the Premier League with Brighton."