Andrews loaned to Brighton, believes he deserved "a little bit more respect"

Paul Thomas

Over the weekend, a report emerged that said Keith Andrews was set for a loan move at Brighton & Hove Albion's Amex Stadium. Shortly after that, the loan was completed without much ado from Bolton Wanderers. The move, like Marvin Sordell's, is a year-long loan at a Championship rival. This loan wasn't about getting the player experience or anything like that, it was simply about getting the out-of-favor midfielder off the books.

Wanderers' own release was not but one sentence long, bluntly informing the fans that the move was done and that was that. Brighton's manager, Oscar Garcia, was a bit more excited, saying in his club's release:

"We are pleased to welcome Keith to the club. He is a player with experience at the top level of the English game and international football - including World Cups and European Championships.

"Keith is a player who I know will enjoy the way we like to play. He is a dynamic and energetic player and brings different qualities which will complement our existing midfielders, and he will bring added competition to our midfield."

The move, however, seemed to rub Andrews the wrong way. The now-Brighton midfielder spoke to BBC Radio Sussex about how it went down:

"It came as a bit of a bolt out of the blue as I featured heavily in pre-season. 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," the Republic of Ireland international added.

"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."

What remains to be seen is if Andrews will make Bolton pay for the move. The player has proven that he can do well at this level in years past, primarily in his stint with Ipswich Town.

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