Sergio Torres relishing challenge of being back in Football League
JUST two years after reluctantly leaving League One for the "challenge" of non-league Crawley Town, Sergio Torres is back and he couldn't be more pleased about it.
The Argentinian midfielder was transfer listed by Peterborough United at the end of the 2009-10 season, but now with less than two weeks until the Reds are due to play their first League One game, Torres is pleased he chose the Broadfield.
"I've had an amazing two years here," Torres reflected. "When I joined I was thinking I didn't want to drop out of the Football League, but on the other hand I wanted a good challenge.
"Steve Evans told me at the time that we were going to go for it and I was excited with the players he signed like Matt Tubbs.
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"The fans have been brilliant to me here and I love living in Brighton, so I'm really enjoying it."
And despite the managerial changes at Crawley that saw Sean O'Driscoll quit for Nottingham Forest before a competitive game had been played, Torres has had a good pre-season.
"We have been working very hard despite a few difficulties with the manager going and the fitness coach going," Torres explained. "The boys are pulling together though.
"It has been a bit different from last season. Sean O'Driscoll, when he was here, encouraged us to keep the ball a lot and that is a bit different to how we were playing before and that took a while for us to get used to."
Torres made 46 appearances for the Reds last season and despite being in and out of the team for the pre-season friendlies, he is hoping to be given a chance in League One.
"I missed the Woking game and that put me back but I work hard every game," he said. "I came on for half an hour in the last two games and I've tried really hard because everyone wants to start games, but only 11 do. I played regularly the last two seasons and I would love to do the same in League One and if I keep working hard hopefully I will have the chance."