Date: 3rd February 2016 at 5:14pm
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Brighton moved into the transfer market again on transfer deadline day to bring in Jonah Ayunga and Jiri Skalak.

Ayunga is very much one for the future with the 18-year-old initially joining up with the U21 squad where the former Dorchester Town striker will continue his development under Simon Rusk.

The 18-year-old has been speaking to the Official Website about how quickly this move came about as he had no idea a move could happen until sometime last week, before he knew it he was signing a contract with the club.

Which wasn’t a move he could turn down with it a ‘no brainer’ once he had been given a tour of the club.

‘I’m very happy that I’ve signed for such a huge club. Things have moved pretty quickly recently, but I’m happy to get it all sorted and looking forward to getting started. I started playing adult football this season for Dorchester Town, it went well there and I got a move here, so I’m delighted with that. Before last week I was none the wiser to anyone making a move, so the past few days have been very busy, but I’m obviously very pleased with the outcome of it. I came in last week and had a tour of the training ground and the stadium. It just made the choice a no-brainer.’

He added he’s looking forward to challenging himself, getting to know his new Brighton teammates and getting as much U21 football under his belt as he can as he looking to impress his way into Chris Hughton’s first-team plans.

Dorchester didn’t have the striker on their books for long but he finished by reflecting on his time with the non-league side and expressing his gratitude to them with him looking to get into Hughton’s thoughts sooner rather than later with a Premier League place something he ‘would definitely want to be a part of.’

‘Dorchester has given me good experience playing in front of a small crowd and getting used to the physicality of men`s football, but now it will be nice to train full-time and really push on. I met Chris Hughton a couple of times since I’ve come into the training ground and it’s just surreal seeing these people walking around the place. I want to get in and around the first team and be the best player I can possibly be. They’re pushing to play in the Premier League and I would definitely want to be a part of that.’

Maybe Ayunga’s one for the future but Czech striker Skalak has come to Brighton to be part of the first-team set up from the off with him speaking of his desire to follow in the footsteps of the likes of Tomas Kalas, Matej Vydra and Daniel Pudil who all turn out for English clubs already.

He, also speaking to the Official Website revealed he spoke to his countrymen before completing his move to the Amex Stadium with them telling him he was ‘born to play in England.’

‘I had spoken to Kalas, Pudil and Vydra and they all recommended to me to come to England and to play English football, because they believe I am born to play here and that I will enjoy it. I know the competition is a very demanding one with a lot of games, but I have seen many on TV and also matches from the FA Cup and I feel the style of play will suit me. I believe I can play and be a good member of the team in this competition.’

As soon as Brighton’s interest in him was revealed he said he had decided he wanted this move and have bee brushing up on his knowledge of the club and current players, but he was already well aware of the ‘most famous player’ Bobby Zamora.

He finished by saying he ‘loves scoring goals’ with him coming to Albion to do that and grab as many as he can, which if he plays and scorers regularly for us he hopes it can secure him a place in the Czech Republic squad heading to France at Euro 2016.

‘I love to score goals and make assists, as that is important for the team. I am physically strong, good on the ball and I have a good football sense. I can be tricky and I just love shooting. It is my goal to participate at the tournament in the summer and I am positive about the possibility to play there. When I signed the contract here I had a phone call from the Czech manager who congratulated me. I will do my best to become a regular player at Brighton, which I believe will help both sides and me to go to France with the national team.’

The better he does the better, in theory we will too, which could well see him take his place at the Euros in the summer and if he does he could (all being well) do this as a Premier League player having helped Brighton secure promotion!


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