15 Feb Jurgen Locadia hoping to hit the right note on Brighton debut
Brighton’s record signing Jurgen Locadia hopes to strike a chord in English football before pursuing a career in music.
The £14million forward will make his Albion debut in Saturday’s FA Cup clash with Coventry having recovered from a hamstring problem.
A previous injury lay-off at former club PSV Eindhoven prompted him to explore his passion for music and the 24-year-old plans to earn a living from the industry when he hangs up his boots.
“It happened three years ago. I had a friend who was a producer also and we started hanging out and making music,” said Locadia, who has already released three singles.
“When I got a long injury at PSV it started being more serious, putting music out.
“I try to play the piano. A year ago I started with lessons.
“It’s a good thing to put your mind out of soccer for a while. It relaxes your mind, if you had a bad practice or you play a bad game.
“I think it’s a step for after my soccer career.
“Everybody needs to do something after their football career. I’m not the type of guy who’s going to be a trainer or manager.
“I enjoy making music and I think when I finish my career as a soccer player I will definitely go into music.”
Former Holland Under-21 international Locadia has endured a frustrating past couple of months due to injury.
The January arrival was included in Brighton’s squad for the first time last weekend as an unused substitute in the Premier League draw at Stoke.
Seagulls boss Chris Hughton confirmed on Thursday that the player will start the fifth-round cup tie against the League Two Sky Blues.
And Locadia, who said he is 100 per cent fit, admits it will be a dream come true.
“I didn’t play a game since December so I’m glad to play. I’ll be very happy and honoured to play,” he added.
“It will be a crazy feeling. I think the Premier League and the FA Cup also is a big dream of mine so when I get minutes on Saturday it will be a crazy feeling, not only for me, for my family also and my agent.
“I know what I can do for the team and I hope my game will fit in with the strategy of the team.”