New signing Adam Lallana says the club’s ambition was a big factor in his decision to join the Seagulls.
The 32-year-old has put pen-to-paper on a three-year deal at the Amex, having spent six years at Premier League champions Liverpool.
“I cant wait to get started,” he said. “It’s a breath of fresh air coming here – having my medical, everything is new. It’s a challenge I am looking forward to.
“The whole infrastructure and ambition around the club excites me. There is so much young talent and so much ability.
“The manager is highly regarded and it was a pretty easy choice for me in the end, especially knowing how much Brighton have reached out. It’s nice to know that you’re wanted – I think it’s a perfect match.”
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Both Graham Potter and chairman Tony Bloom played a part in convincing the ex-Southampton captain that Sussex was the perfect location to continue his career – one that his seen him play in all top three tiers of the English game as well as win the Champions League.
“I look how ambitious the chairman is to start with and how highly the manager is regarded since he has come into the club,” Lallana added.
“He has changed the dynamics and the staff and to do that whilst keeping the team in the division shows he has done a fantastic job.
“I looked at all those aspects, the squad, the training ground facilities, the stadium and it was a perfect fit really. I am really excited to get stuck into the challenge and hopefully we can push on again next season.
“Brighton are on an upward curve. I have played against them a lot, and remember seven or eight years ago when Southampton and Brighton were both in League One, so they have been progressing for years now.
“I think we’re at the stage here where we can really push on in the Premier League. I have got a lot of experience playing in the Premier League and at a high level – I know what’s required and how we can improve. If I can help just a little bit in that journey to improve Brighton as a whole, and as a squad, then I will be very happy.”