Date: 13th August 2015 at 1:03pm
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New Brighton signing Uwe Hunemeier has already secured an unlikely rise to the topflight with SC Paderborn to the German Bundesliga, when they made it to the highest level in Germany in 2013, and now he’s targeting doing the same with us citing AFC Bournemouth as inspiration to follow.

Leaving Paderborn, where he had been captain helping them into the German top division, wasn’t an easy decision for Hunemeier but a chance to replicate this with Albion couldn’t be refused with him looking to take the Seagulls into the Premier League, as we know, for the first time in our history too.

That Bundesliga experience was difficult but to test himself against the likes of Bayern Munich left him with a taste of playing against the best so for the sake of his career the 29-year-old told the Official Website this is what he’s aiming for with Brighton too.

‘It was a great feeling to lead Paderborn into the Bundesliga and it was a great experience for us to play against teams like Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich, who had some the best players from Germany and world football.

‘Sometimes it was very hard to play against them because they are such good players, but we did our best and we can be proud of what we achieved last season. I hope they have a good season and I wish them all the best.

‘As captain of the club it wasn’t an easy decision to leave, but it`s definitely the right one. It will be a great experience for me to play in England and hopefully I can help Brighton achieve what we did there.’

A chance to play in England, and at 29 he wouldn’t have had too many more – if any more – opportunities to do so, is something he added he’s always wanted with him, rightly so, saying from the extensive TV coverage he’s seen the Championship is ‘the best second-tier league in the world’ with him keen to ‘play a big role in this league.’

What will he bring to the table? He’s a ‘strong character’ who will bring qualities with him with him also saying that a chance to play at the Amex Stadium is something he’s relishing, more so if we can ‘win a lot of matches’ at home too.

‘I am a strong character who takes my responsibilities to the team very seriously. I will do my best to bring my qualities to the team and my targets are the same as what the club wants to achieve.

‘I am looking forward to seeing the stadium in person. I have already seen it on video and I know the Amex attracts big crowds and hopefully we’ll win a lot of matches at home.’

It goes without saying that his arrival will increase the rumours that Lewis Dunk will be leaving Albion? New reports have emerged today in fact, more on that to follow….

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