Beram Kayal: Brighton not sure of Championship survival yet

Inigo Calderon and Beram Kayal
Kayal (right) scored on his debut for Brighton in the 3-2 defeat by Nottingham Forest

Brighton & Hove Albion still have work to do to ensure their Championship status for next season, according to midfielder Beram Kayal.

The Seagulls are currently 10 points above the relegation zone with seven games of the season remaining.

"The job is not finished yet. We need to get more points to be safe," the 26-year-old Israeli told BBC Sussex.

"The gap means we are more secure and gives us more confidence, but we still have work to do."

Kayal has scored one goal in 11 appearances since joining the Seagulls from Scottish side Celtic in the January transfer window.

The former Maccabi Haifa man, who has been named in the Israel squad for their upcoming Euro 2016 qualifiers against Wales and Belgium, signed a contract at the Amex Stadium until the summer of 2017.

Brighton finished in the Championship play-off places in each of the last two seasons and Kayal hopes they will be able to secure safety and go on to challenge for promotion next season.

"It is a great experience for me to come in. We have everything to succeed here and we deserve more than where we are right now," Kayal said.

"A club like Brighton deserves to be at the top of the league. Hopefully we will be up there next season and take the club forward."

Albion, who are 16th in the table, play the division's current top four, 21st-placed Rotherham and Wigan, in 22nd, before the end of the season.