TOM: I DO LIKE TO BE BE­SIDE THE SEA

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE -

IS­RAEL striker Tomer Hemed says he is lov­ing life in Brighton and has no plans to re­turn to his home­land.

The 28-year-old has struck five times for the high-fly­ing Seag­ulls since his switch from Alme­ria.

Hemed says be­ing made to feel in­stantly at home has con­trib­uted to his roar­ing start. And he has vowed to re­pay the kind­ness be­ing de­liv­ered his way by fir­ing Chris Hughton’s team into the top-flight.

“Brighton is a city with a great cul­ture and is a great place to live,” said Hemed, who has com­pa­triot Beram Kayal for com­pany on the south coast. “The club have helped me and my fam­ily from the first minute to feel com­fort­able.

“If I’ve got an op­tion in Europe I won’t go back to play in Is­rael. I know that I made the right de­ci­sion.

“I went to Brighton to be a top striker in the Cham­pi­onship and to lead the team to the Premier League.

“My goal this year is to make that come true for the club, the fans and the staff, and I want to be an im­por­tant Premier League player.

“The level of the English sec­ond league is very high.”

HAPPY: Tomer Hemed

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