Denise O’Sullivan says having two of her international colleagues at Albion made it so much easier to settle in.

The 26-year-old joined Albion at the start of September on loan from American side Carolina Courage until the end of 2020.

O’Sullivan is a Republic of Ireland international along with her Albion teammates Megan Connolly and Rianna Jarrett.

But the midfielder revealed she has known Connolly and Jarrett for a long time.

She said: “I have known Rianna and Megan since I was 15-years-old.

“Me and Megan obviously both come from Cork the same place and grew up playing against each other.

“I am pretty close to them and call them my best friends, so when coming here it was definitely easy to settle in with them.

“I live with them, so they have shown me around Brighton and brought me to coffee shops.

“So, that was great and it is going well so far.”

Connolly like O’Sullivan played in America, before coming over to the WSL.

O’Sullivan revealed Connolly played a key role in her making the move to England.

She said: “We have spoken a bit about it.

“But Meg has been here now for two years and she absolutely loves it here.

“So, before I came here, I spoke to here about this club, the facilities and everything.

“From her loving it, that made my decision a lot easier.”

Since joining Albion O’Sullivan has played in midfield, but given a bit more license to go forward and she admitted it is a lot different to the role she plays for the Courage.

She said: “It is funny because I actually play a deeper role with the Courage, I play as a defensive midfielder and I am defensive-minded with them.

“So, coming here I have more of a free role in the attacking side of the game like I do with the Irish team.

“It is really fun, but I don’t mind which position I play just as long as I help the team is the most important thing.”

Albion are back in action tonight, after over two weeks off due to the international break.

They take on the WSL Championship side, Charlton Athletic in the second group game of the Conti Cup.

The Addicks have only won one game this season in all competitions, but O’Sullivan knows the Seagulls cannot take them lightly.

She said: “We will go in with the same attitude.

“It is just like any other game, we will prepare for it as we did if we playing Manchester City.

“We will go in with the same attitude against Charlton, we won’t be complacent we won’t underestimate Charlton, as they are a good team.

“The Championship is a good league as you can see from the results at the weekend it is wide open.

“So, we will go in there with confidence but we will keep our feet on the ground, work hard and stick together.”

Albion have made a good start to the season picking up five points from their first five league games.

This has seen them pick up points against Manchester City and Everton in previous games.

But, now O’Sullivan is targeting the maximum points return against Charlton and then Aston Villa on Sunday.

He said: “It has been really good playing for this team.

“I think we just work really hard as a team together and that is how we get results by sticking together.

“We have played some nice football as well as the results.

“In the last three games, we have had some tough games and pulled off a draw against Everton, which was really good.

“So, going into these next set of games we are confident and want to get six points on the board.”