Andrews Fires Parting Shot at Bolton

  • August 12, 2013 | By Chris Mann
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Keith Andrews says it came as a surprise to find out Bolton were sending him on loan to Brighton & Hove Albion.

Andrews was confirmed as a Seagulls player on Saturday morning and made his debut in a 2-1 defeat at home to Derby County later that day. He will spend the season on loan at the AMEX Stadium, after failing to establish himself in little over 12 months at the Reebok Stadium.

After missing the second half of last season with a troublesome Achilles injury, Andrews featured heavily in pre-season and was expected to be a more regular feature of the Wanderers side this season. That all changed last week, however, when the Trotters completed the permanent signing of Jay Spearing from Liverpool.

Speaking after Brighton's defeat to Derby, Andrews admitted Bolton's decision to let him leave came as a surprise and he believes he should have been shown a little more respect.

"It came as a bit of a bolt out of the blue as I featured heavily in pre-season," Andrews told BBC Sussex. "It's all been a little bit strange.

"It was a decision they made and they obviously made it very clear I wasn't wanted at the football club.

"From there it happened very quickly and I arrived in Brighton on Friday evening. Nobody really had the decency to even phone me as I was leaving.

"I think I deserve a little bit more respect than that, I suppose. I always felt I'd done things well at that club, been very professional and treated people like I like to be treated.

"To end on that note was a bit sour but you can't be surprised by anything in football.

"I've been around that long that it doesn't really affect me. I've dusted myself down and am very excited to be at Brighton.

"If it wasn't the right move, I certainly wouldn't have gone and I didn't feel any pressure to leave.

"It was a move that genuinely excited me. To come to a club that plays in the fashion and style that Brighton do was something that really appealed to me.

"I have still got a huge appetite for the game and I feel I can have a big impact here.

"I don't have anything to prove to Bolton. I just have things to prove to myself and want to prolong my career for as long as possible and play at the highest level I can for as long as I can.

"I have come into a squad that has a wealth of experience and ability that will make me be the player I know I can be."

Sky Bet League One Standings

Pos Team Pld Pts
1 Accrington Stanley 0 0
2 Barnsley 0 0
3 Bolton Wanderers 0 0
4 Bristol Rovers 0 0
5 Burton Albion 0 0
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