McCourt glad he bided his time for Albion

Paddy McCourt was on the bench at Leeds

Paddy McCourt was on the bench at Leeds

First published in Sport

Albion new boy Paddy McCourt is hoping his patience pays off – after turning down the chance to move abroad.

The former Celtic and Barnsley midfielder is likely to be on the bench against Bolton today in the first home game since he signed a one-year deal.

McCourt is convinced the Seagulls’ style will suit him down to the ground.

Which is why he was happy to bide his time and undergo a trial period, despite offers from overseas after he ran out of contract at Oakwell.

The 30-year-old from Derry told The Argus: “I had quite a few options to go abroad and that is something I considered.

“Brighton showed a bit of interest early in the window.

“For one reason or another it didn’t really happen but I was hanging on because I believe it’s a club that will suit my style of football.

“I had a chance to go to America and the Far East, I went out to have a look at a few places.

“But I’ve got a young family and they just weren’t right at this time.”

McCourt was one of four signings in the last eight days and boss Sami Hyypia hopes there are more.

Hyypia said:”We are still hoping for a few new faces to make the squad stronger and then we’ll see.

“We are working hard to do that and then it’s up to us to work on the training pitch so we keep improving our game.”

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6:30am Sat 23 Aug 14

9 of us says...

'Bide his time'. Welcome Paddy.

That's exactly what us fans should do. We will get there.
'Bide his time'. Welcome Paddy. That's exactly what us fans should do. We will get there. 9 of us
  • Score: 35

7:47am Sat 23 Aug 14

WisdomSpeaks says...

This guy seems like a real character. Exactly what we've been needing in our dressing room! Welcome Paddy.
This guy seems like a real character. Exactly what we've been needing in our dressing room! Welcome Paddy. WisdomSpeaks
  • Score: 19

8:13am Sat 23 Aug 14

Dublin_Seagull says...

Paddy is a class act and will make a great addition to the team. Another good Irishman to wear the Brighton shirt. I haven't heard any more crap about bloom selling the club .Keep it that way. Bloom is a true seagull Uta
Paddy is a class act and will make a great addition to the team. Another good Irishman to wear the Brighton shirt. I haven't heard any more crap about bloom selling the club .Keep it that way. Bloom is a true seagull Uta Dublin_Seagull
  • Score: 19

9:24am Sat 23 Aug 14

Max Ripple says...

Well, like Danny Holla, another one who has "chosen" to come here. Fortunately he has had the sense to choose us over what might well have been bigger pay packets abroad, particularly in the USA. As we have found, players make choices for all sorts of reasons not just money. Some just want PL football and some just chase the dosh and some, like Holla, want to further their careers. Paddy has a young family so that played a part in his decision. Welcome Paddy and I hope you get some game time this afternoon.
Well, like Danny Holla, another one who has "chosen" to come here. Fortunately he has had the sense to choose us over what might well have been bigger pay packets abroad, particularly in the USA. As we have found, players make choices for all sorts of reasons not just money. Some just want PL football and some just chase the dosh and some, like Holla, want to further their careers. Paddy has a young family so that played a part in his decision. Welcome Paddy and I hope you get some game time this afternoon. Max Ripple
  • Score: 7

10:27am Sat 23 Aug 14

buckeejit says...

Seeing this fella in full flight (marvel at those clips on YouTube!) reminds you of why you fell in love with football in the first place...welcome to Brighton, Paddy!
Seeing this fella in full flight (marvel at those clips on YouTube!) reminds you of why you fell in love with football in the first place...welcome to Brighton, Paddy! buckeejit
  • Score: 7

10:42am Sat 23 Aug 14

Baldseagull says...

Proper "dribbles" the ball this chap, a rare skill these days.
Proper "dribbles" the ball this chap, a rare skill these days. Baldseagull
  • Score: 4

11:22am Sat 23 Aug 14

Sid East Brighton says...

If he clicks early on, could be one of the finds of the season.
If he clicks early on, could be one of the finds of the season. Sid East Brighton
  • Score: 2
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