Graham Potter has hailed the contributions made by Cumbrian Glenn Murray as the Brighton striker hopes for a starting chance.

The Seagulls are preparing for their busiest period of the season, starting at home to Leicester on Saturday.

Former Carlisle United and Workington Reds hitman Murray is among the players who have been on the fringes of late, but for whom opportunities could arrive as fixtures come thick and fast.

Last time out, he came off the bench at half-time against Manchester United, in a 3-1 defeat, but the 36-year-old has not started since the Burnley game two months ago.

On his relationship with Maryport-born Murray, head coach Potter said: “I speak with him. We have conversations all the time. I’ve got a lot of time for him.

"He’s been perfect in how he has been as a professional, how he has been around the group, how he has been with the guys who are playing, Aaron [Connolly] and Neal [Maupay]. I can’t say anything bad about him.

"He will play a big role for us between now and the end of the season, I’m pretty sure of that."

Murray scored this time last year when Leicester drew 1-1 at the Amex. He has only netted twice at the Amex in league games since then, though, and has yet to open his Premiership account this term.

"The important thing for Glenn is he has to be himself," Potter told The Argus.

"I wouldn’t want him to be like Aaron Connolly or Neal Maupay.

"He has his own unique qualities and they will be really useful for us."