Brighton & Hove Albion signed Leo Skiri Ostigard from Molde last summer and the midfielder was initially expected to link up with the English club’s U23 side.
In his first training session, the 19-year-old picked up an injury and was sidelined for five to six weeks. Having spent time with the Seagulls’ U23 side, Chris Hughton included him in first team training in the past few months and he was named in the squad to face Derby County in the FA Cup.
Brighton defeated the Championship side in order to make it to the last eight and Ostigard was left on the bench.
“It was fun to be on the bench, and a step in the right direction. It shows that they have faith in me,” Ostigard told Norway’s TV2.
Even though he is yet to represent the English club’s first team, the youngster has made eight appearances in the Premier League 2 and scored two goals in the process.
When asked the Norwegian if he regrets joining Brighton, he said: “I do not regret coming here.”
Ostigard is aware that it will be difficult for him to make his way into the first team, which is why he would be open to the idea of going out on loan in the summer.
“I think they want me in Brighton now, but we’ll see what’s going on in August. Then maybe it will be a loan [move] to the Championship or other clubs in England or maybe elsewhere. It’s a bit uncertain,” the player added.