Date: 15th June 2016 at 6:09pm
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New signing Ben Hall has admitted that former Brighton manager Mark McGhee played a big part in his transfer to the Amex from Motherwell this week.

With 19 year old making good strides at Motherwell this season under McGhee, although he’s been brought in for our Under 21 side next season, manager Chris Hughton is confident he’ll be challenging for the first team by the end of the campaign at least, and speaking to the Official Site as he gave his first proper interview since penning his deal with us, Hall said it was encouragement on the part of the gaffer that helped make the deal happen.

‘Mark McGhee was brilliant with me. He told me as soon as I played my first game that I would be playing every week, so that gave me great confidence as a young lad and confidence to push on. This was my first year pursuing first-team football and I got to play 15 to 20 games. I made my debut just before Christmas and from there I just played more and more games which is what I wanted to do.’

Making himself a regular in their side last season, he went on to say that when the move to Brighton presented itself it was an opportunity he couldn’t pass up, as he’s confident he can really make a name for himself with us.

‘I wanted to take my chance, play as many games as possible and maybe get a move to somewhere like here. Somebody must have been watching me and liked what they saw, got onto my agent and it has developed into this. Since I came down to see the place, I have been watching how the club has been doing, and the whole city is a lovely place to be in and be around, so I hope to be here for years to come. Everything is very impressive. It is obviously a big challenge coming down from Scotland but one I am looking forward to, looking to impress people as much as possible and hopefully I can get into the first team.’

The soon to be 20 year is also an Northern Ireland youth international, and before he begins his Brighton career properly, he’s off to cheer his country on from the sidelines in the French based European Championships now.

‘I am looking forward to it. It’s not often that Northern Ireland get to major competitions, so it is new territory for us but it should be a good experience. We will try and get out the group first but why not win the Euros? You can dream about these things; all you can do is beat what is in front of you and take it from there.’

Clearly he harbours international hopes for the future aswell!

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