For the 26-year-old, the Seagulls trip to Merseyside on Saturday will be bittersweet.
"Of course, yes you think that," he told The Argus. "But I always knew Everton was a top club in the Premier League. You have to be really good to break through there.
"If you look at my career, I went to Yeovil and Scunthorpe and Blackburn. So you are thinking it's probably never going to come.
"But you just keep working hard and if you get a platform to do it, like at this club (Albion), it's special for me and I am grateful to them."