The former Toon winger has revealed that he “tried everything” at Newcastle – without getting a sustained run in the first team at St James’ Park.
The Toon Academy product joined Brighton earlier this season after failing to establish himself at United.
LuaLua: “I had been there for many years without getting really close to the first-team.
“I used to train with the first team, but not every day – I trained with the reserves as well.
“It was time for me to make a decision about what I want to do with my career and joining Brighton was an easy decision.
“I felt I deserved more chances (at Newcastle) but every manager has their own options.
“I tried everything at Newcastle but it didn’t work.
“I am happy to be here now – things are looking good for the club at the moment.
“For me, Brighton will be in the Premier League, but you never know when it can happen.”