Brighton & Hove Albion boss Chris Hughton currently has a clean bill of health for the first time since arriving last December, after Andrew Crofts, Sam Baldock and Solly March all returned fit and ready for pre-season training.
Hughton is delighted to welcome back Baldock and March, and see Dale Stephens show no ill-effects from his long-term layoff, but says the return to fitness of his former Norwich City midfield general Andrew Crofts is comparable to another new signing.
Crofts is well known to Hughton; excelling for him during his first season in charge of the Canaries, and now the Albion boss is relishing the prospect of having the Welsh international as part of his squad.
He said, "Solly March and Sam Baldock played a fair part of last season, but with Andrew Crofts, it's like having a new signing.
"He's back in training, but because of the period of time he's been out, we've just got to make sure that everything is right with him.
"We will do in that pre-season period, but he was a player we missed for almost all of last season. It's really good to have him back."
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Crofts is part of the Seagulls squad that flies out on their pre-season tour today, and Hughton is pleased to be heading out on a week-long training camp in the French Alps not just with a clean bill of health - but also three new faces.
He said, "We've got a good squad travelling and certainly as regards to the numbers we've got at the moment, it's a good core of numbers and will allow us to get on with some really good work."
Albion's week-long tour culminates in their first pre-season game against FC Meyrin in Geneva next Saturday evening.