Leroy Rosenior would have driven his son down to Brighton to make sure he signed up with his old teammate Chris Hughton, according to Brighton & Hove Albion’s latest signing Liam Rosenior.
Rosenior junior penned a three-year deal with Albion this week and his father Leroy - former footballer, manager and now pundit - played with Hughton at West Ham, and his positivity about the current Albion boss was a major factor in his son’s decision.
Albion’s first summer signing explained to seagulls.co.uk, “Football is a small industry and luckily enough my dad played with Chris at West Ham. As soon as my dad found out that he was interested in signing me he said he would have driven me here himself, so that speaks volumes.
“My dad was a massive role model for me growing up and when someone of his experience, and someone who has worked with the manager as he has, tells me to go and sign, then that told me everything I needed to know.
“Every place the manager has been at he has done a great job and the way he conducts himself is with respect. He is someone I can learn off and hopefully do well under and be an asset to in the dressing room.
“I have not spoken to my dad since I actually signed but I know he will be delighted.”
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The defender says he has not let being released by Hull City affect him, but is overjoyed to have found a new club of Albion’s calibre so quickly.
He added, “It has been a tough summer but at the same time it is the start of a new chapter. You always look at things that happen and think there must be a reason why it has happened, and thankfully that reason is that I am now here and I am delighted to be.
“I am also delighted it happened so early and for a club like Brighton to be interested in me, and their interest has stemmed back for quite a while.
“Knowing the setup that is here, the fantastic fan base, and that the manager has brilliant experience in both the Premier League and the Championship, I was very flattered that they were interested, and I am more than happy to have signed and now be a part of the club moving forward.
“The ambition and the potential of the club attracted me. I have played at the stadium and it is fantastic, but when you come to the training ground and you see all the work that goes in, not just at a first team level but at academy level as well, this club will be successful.
“That is obviously down to the chairman and it is great that I can hopefully be a part of that. I have no doubts whatsoever that in the future this club will be in the Premier League and hopefully I will be a part of that.”