Steve Sidwell reveals his target for the season ahead, after signing a new deal with Albion.
Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Steve Sidwell is targeting another promotion push having agreed a permanent one-year deal with the club.
Sidwell, who spent the second half of last season on loan from Stoke City, made 18 appearances as the Seagulls narrowly missed out on promotion, and he is keen to make up for that bitter disappointment.
He said, "It was heartbreaking to miss out on promotion, by the narrowest of margins, but hopefully we can make amends next season and I can play my part in that.
"I'm delighted to have signed permanently because, as I have said all along, this club is Premier League ready; we have a top-quality manager and a squad that I believe has the ability to play at that level.
"Having come so close last season, I'm really determined to help us go one better next season – as are all the lads. It's not going to be easy though, it never is, and we have Newcastle, Norwich and Aston Villa to contend with as well.
"We have to use last season's disappointment as a motivation to really kick on. None of us want to go through that disappointment again, but we now know what is needed to win promotion and we can use that to our advantage."
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Sidwell, who is soon to begin his third spell with the club, came into his own following the suspension of Dale Stephens towards the end of the campaign and he is feeling fit as ahead of the start of pre-season training in three weeks' time.
"As any player will tell you, there's nothing like playing games," he added. "You can do all the training you like but it's only when you get those 90 minutes under your belt that you get your match sharpness back.
"I was pleased with how I was playing towards the end of the season because I'd gone a long time without regular football. I was feeling fit, strong, and now I can’t wait to get going again.
"I'm going to enjoy the rest of the summer break, with my future sorted out, but I've got one eye on pre-season season already.
"Once we're back in the building, the focus will be on next season and I’m hoping to carry on where I left off."