Dan Burn makes Brighton player turnover admission and sets next season's target
Albion defender Dan Burn is delighted the club have secured a fifth consecutive season of top flight football with three matches left to play
Brighton once again flirted with the prospect of relegation but were rarely in serious danger and Fulham's 2-0 loss to Burnley last night confirmed Albion's survival.
Sheffield United, West Brom and Burn's former club Fulham drop to the Championship and Graham Potter's team can now start planning for next season.
“Every team I have played for I always keep an eye out for so it was a shame that it was Fulham that went down," said Burn who made 61 appearances for the Cottagers.
"But I am delighted that we've secured our status at Brighton. We've come a long way in the last couple of years and we want to be a team that isn’t just happy with staying up.
"We want to be pushing towards the top ten.”
The 29-year-old from Blyth has been a regular for Potter and has featured as centre back, left back and wing back. Burn is determined to end the season strongly and overhaul last campaign's record Premier League points tally of 41.
Brighton currently have 37, with matches against West Ham, Man City and Arsenal still to go.
"Our motivation between now and the end of this season is to beat the record points tally," said Burn. "We’ve got three games to get four points. The pressure is off now, so we want to pick up the points to show progress."
Albion have impressed at times this season but have been frustrated by inconsistency and also a failure to hold on to a lead. Burn feels that will improve next season as new arrivals become more familiar with their surroundings and the demands of the Premier League.
“There are definitely exciting times ahead," Burn added. "We’ve had a big turnover of players and the lads who have played a lot of games this season have come from other countries and cultures and needed time to settle in.
“The more time we spend together and get to know each other, the better we can buy into the gaffer’s vision and philosophy.
"We can only look back at this campaign positively. The club has the vision of being in the top ten and I can see that happening, we are building towards that. That’s the aim next season.”