New signing Bobby Zamora says he still looks back on his first spell at Brighton & Hove Albion as the best time of his career - and he hopes he can add to those memories during his third spell with the club.
Since leaving Albion in 2003, the former Spurs, West Ham and Fulham striker has played in the Premier League, FA Cup, European and play-off finals, and been capped by England - but it is a three-year spell on the south coast which he remembers with most fondness.
"They were very different times at Brighton when I was here before. I was so young and just enjoying every moment of every game.
"I was in a fantastic team; to get back-to-back promotions meant it was a special time, scoring lots of goals and thoroughly enjoying my football. It all seemed to go so quick, the three years at Brighton.
"My times at the other clubs were brilliant as well, but there seemed to be a lot more pressure, a few bigger occasions with play-off finals and European finals.
"I can say hand on heart that I had some of the best times of my career at Brighton. West Ham was the club I supported as a kid, so I had some great times playing for them, but Brighton was the best for entertainment value.
"Being around the likes of Danny Cullip, Charlie Oatway, Watto [Paul Watson], Jonesy [Nathan Jones]; they were great times and hopefully I can have another great season at Brighton."
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Zamora began his time with the Albion on loan, scoring six goals in six games at the end of the 1999/2000 season, including a hat-trick at Chester City.
"I still get ribbed for scoring what the lads called the worst hat-trick ever! I've still got the match ball at home. It was left foot, right foot, header and they call it a perfect hat-trick!
"There some amazing goals, and so many great wins. Wolves at home when it was 4-1, that stands out. Matt Murray was in goal and he was also a teammate of mine in the under-21s.
"There were so many great occasions at the Withdean and hopefully I can get a few more at the Amex."
Meanwhile Zamora says he is looking forward to linking up with two of his old Withdean teammates, both of whom he credits for having a major impact on his fledgling career, during those Withdean years.
"It'll be great to catch up with Watto [Paul Watson]. He had a wonderful left foot and set up so many goals for me. I'm sure I'll be hearing that every day for the next year or so!
"I'm sure he and Jonesy [Nathan Jones] will remind me that I was nothing without either of them, but, joking aside, they both played a massive part in my development in football."
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