Date: 5th August 2016 at 1:48am
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Having signed for Brighton yesterday from Reading, Oliver Norwood has spoken of his hopes for his time at the Amex.

The 25 year old former Manchester United youth player has signed a three year deal with Brighton following his exploits at this summer’s European Championships with Northern Ireland, and speaking to the Official Site in his first proper interview, he explained that he hoped the experience he gained over the summer could be used to Brighton’s advantage to finally secure promotion this year having missed out last term.

‘Playing at the Euros was an incredible experience and something that I will hold with me for the rest of my life. I want to draw on that and hopefully add a bit of experience of playing in those games and the big occasions that come with them.’

Norwood knows Aaron Hughes from the international set up, and he admits he gave the club a glowing reference given his time with us.

‘I spoke to Hughesy about his time here and he spoke so highly of the club, mentioning the facilities, the stadium and that it`s set up to go to the Premier League. He`s a wonderful person that`s achieved so much. I know he didn`t get the game time he would have liked here, but if I have half the career he has, then I`ll be very happy.’

He also admitted that manager Chris Hughton was a big pull for him as well.

‘What he has done in football speaks for itself. When I had a conversation with him, I was sold on the club. He told me his vision for the team and what he wants to do. My ambition is to play in the Premier League and I am sure the ambition of everyone at Brighton is to get there as quickly as possible. Having had that conversation with the gaffer, it was an easy decision for me to come to the football club. I have played against Brighton on numerous occasions; it was always a team that I have looked at from afar and admired the way they play football.’

Speaking about himself as a player and hopefully what the fans can expect, he ended by saying.

‘I like to get on the ball and pass it. I like to make things happen, get assists and chip in with a few goals. I haven`t scored too many lately, but it`s something I do want to add to my game! I just want to get on the ball and make things happen. When we haven`t got the ball, I want to win it back as quickly as I can and win as many tackles as possible.’

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