Aaron Hughes sold ambitious Brighton to me, says Oliver Norwood

Northern Ireland's Oliver Norwood in action with Germany's Mesut Ozil

Norwood has completed a move to the south coast from Reading.

Northern Ireland's Oliver Norwood in action with Germany's Mesut Ozil

New Brighton and Hove Albion signing Oliver Norwood has told the club's official website that a glowing reference from Northern Ireland teammate Aaron Hughes was a key reason in his decision to move to the south coast.

The 25-year-old has signed a three-year deal at the club after completing a move from Reading, and will follow in the footsteps of Hughes, who spent a short 13-game spell with the Seagulls two seasons ago.

Reading's Oliver Norwood applauds fans

But despite the veteran full-back's short stay, Norwood claims Hughes was full of praise for the club, something which ultimately sold the former Manchester United youngster on a move.

Norwood told the club's official website: "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.

Northern Ireland's Aaron Hughes

“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.”

Norwood played alongside Hughes as part of Northern Ireland's exploits at Euro 2016 earlier in the summer, and he believes that his experiences of playing against some of Europe's best players leaves him well-placed to make a solid contribution to Brighton's drive for promotion to the Premier League.

Brighton fans wave flags

He added: “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.”

Having just missed out on promotion last season, there are plenty of hopes for the coming campaign, but the Seagulls suffered a blow this week as their £8 million deal to sign promising Tottenham Hotspur winger Alex Pritchard was hijacked at the 11th hour by relegated Norwich City.

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