Speaking for the official Wigan Athletic match day programme, defender Dan Burn discusses his move to Brighton & Hove Albion, one of excitement and sadness for the 26-year-old.
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DAN, THE QUESTION ON EVERYONE’S LIPS IS QUITE AN OBVIOUS ONE, SO CAN YOU LIFT THE LID ON YOUR MOVE TO BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION FOR US?
“I heard on the Sunday that Brighton were going to make a move and it was just a crazy few days after that trying to get down there before deadline day.
“It wasn’t an easy decision to make and once it was done I sat back and thought it was a brilliant thing but a sad one at the same time as I was going to be leaving the club. I spent a lot of my time with Griggy (Will Grigg), Crackers (Michael Jacobs) and Powelly (Nick Powell) and I’ve become good friends with them.
“I see them nearly every single day, more than I see my family at times so you do end up really, really close to the lads. The fans have also been really good with me and I’ve got lots of great experiences such as beating Manchester City in the FA Cup and getting promoted last season.
“The club and the chairman gave me a big opportunity when I left Fulham in 2016 because I didn’t have a lot of clubs interested in me, so I’m grateful to them for taking a risk.
“If I’m being honest I probably would have stayed at the club if it was any other team in the Championship who came in for me, but because it was a Premier League team I couldn’t turn it down."
YOU’RE BACK ON LOAN WITH US UNTIL JANUARY, HOW DOES IT FEEL TO BE ABLE TO SAY YOUR GOODBYES IN PERSON?
“At the end of the day I still class myself as a Wigan Athletic player until January and I just want the lads to do well on the pitch. Like I say it’s worked out well for me because I can get myself fit and play some games and hopefully get to the 100-game mark for the club.
“It was good to be able to come back to the club because it meant they didn’t need to get more cover in at centre half and it would give me a chance to get back fit so when I do move back to Brighton I’m sharp and ready to go.
“I’ll also be able to say a proper goodbye to the fans and the lads because not a lot of players get to do that these days, especially when you move on deadline day.
“I just want the fans to keep supporting the lads because it drives them on massively during games. The atmosphere against Sheffield Wednesday was electric, especially the first 20 minutes, and I’d just like to say thank you to everyone for their support and for sticking by me during my first 10-11 games a couple of years ago. They’ve always been great with me when I’ve seen them out and about.
“My wife is expecting a baby in three weeks too so it means we’ll be able to have that up north, so everything has just worked out really well.”
YOU MENTION PLAYING MORE GAMES FOR THE CLUB, CAN YOU GIVE US AN UPDATE ON YOUR CURRENT INJURY STATUS?
“It happened against Rangers in the friendly. I went to block a tackle near enough at half time and I felt something wasn’t right. I’ve cracked two small bones in my foot and they just need time to heal now and I can’t do much to help it at the moment.
YOU TRAVELLED WITH THE LADS TO ASTON VILLA LAST WEEKEND AND YOU SEEMED, ALBEIT WITH ONE FOOT, TO BE KICKING EVERY BALL…
“I was! I hate watching games because I get really nervous so it’s just horrible. I thought the lads did really, really well at Aston Villa and we were unlucky not to come away with at least a point, so to concede in the very last minute was heart-breaking. If you compare where we are now to two years ago when we started out in the Championship we’re doing really well.
“Last time we were in the Championship I looked at the other teams and thought they had an advantage to us due to them having better squads and being more prepared, whereas this time we’re ready to battle and have kept the core from last year’s squad.
“The signings we’ve made, especially the ones on deadline day, have been very good and our starting 11 is very strong, and we’ve got players on the bench now that can come on and change games. It’s important to have that in the Championship because you can’t get through a whole season using just 11 players."
IT HASN’T ALWAYS BEEN AN EASY RIDE FOR YOU AT THE CLUB, ON REFLECTION, HOW HAS YOUR TIME HERE BEEN ON THE WHOLE?
“It was hard to settle in at the club when I first moved here because I’d been living in London for a long time and didn’t know anyone when I came here.
“I was staying in the hotel which I really didn’t enjoy doing as I like being around my family, and my confidence was quite low after being released by Fulham.
“I’d always said that if I could get a run of games going then I’d do well, but credit to Gary Caldwell too because he would always played me every week despite not being at my best when I first joined. It was a lot easier for me when I started to make friends and settle into the area, so my time at the club has been really enjoyable.”
ON A FINAL NOTE… WE KNOW YOU WANT TO CREATE MORE MEMORIES AT THE CLUB BEFORE YOU LEAVE, BUT WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR FAVOURITE MOMENT SO FAR?
“It has to be the Manchester City game, but the only disappointment was that Samy (Morsy) missed the game so I got to be captain on the night.
“In my opinion they were the best team in the world last season, so to come away with a win was such a special game.
“My whole family were there so I don’t think I can look pass that one to be honest.
“Promotion was brilliant and a few other games stand out but the City game will live with me for the rest of my life.”