Dale Stephens says Brighton & Hove Albion’s players will be united going into next season after enduring a tough 2014/15 campaign.
The Seagulls finished in 20th place in the Championship but the midfielder explained that the squad have pulled closer together due to the situation they've found themselves in, and feels that will only benefit the side heading into 2015/16.
He told seagulls.co.uk, “A lot of the lads will learn a lot from this season. We have learned a lot about each other and we need to stick together; we need each other.
“I hope it will be a positive thing going into next season. It has been tough and I am sure all the boys will say the same.
“For me personally it has been tough, obviously with the injury, but there have not been many smiles on the pitch either. The season is finished and all we can do is reflect on it and move on to next season.”
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Stephens admitted that part of him wished the campaign had not finished after missing ten months through injury.
“I am disappointed the season is finishing especially after being injured for such a long time, but I will be happy for the break, mentally more than anything as I didn’t have a summer last year.
“I welcome the break but obviously I would like to play more football this season. I am hoping all the injury problems are behind me and that I can focus on having a good pre-season and starting next season strong.”
The former Charlton man went on to applaud the Albion fans, not only those who made the trip to Middlesbrough, but all the supporters who have back the Seagulls this season.
He added, “They have been outstanding, even when times have not been going well they have stuck with us.
“You can see the travelling support we got at Boro; they travelled a long way and we can only thank them for that and hopefully they will be right behind us next season as well.”