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23 May 2016

The legendary Albion striker is confident Albion can win promotion next season.



 
Zamora was one of five players released by the Seagulls last week, but believes the team has what it takes to push for promotion again next year.
 
He told seagulls.co.uk, "I know the squad inside out and have no doubt that they will use the narrow miss this season to drive them on next year.
 
"We weren't fancied to be near the top, but the lads showed what they are capable of. Now they are a year down the line and more together than ever, they will be even more determined to do well next season.
 
"They have everything you need in the squad and the right manager to get into that top two, and we were only two goals shy of that this time, so I cannot see why they cannot achieve promotion next year.
 
"People will talk about the other teams that are coming down from the Premier League, but this wasn't a side that lost in the play-offs after finishing sixth, this was a team that finished third and almost second, so for me, the only way is up for these boys.”

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Zamora returned for a second spell with the Seagulls last summer and admits he was delighted to fulfil his ambition of returning to the club where he had enjoyed so much success in the early part of his career.
 
"It meant so much to me to come back here and play for this great club at the Amex, something I said I wanted to do when I left in 2003 when the new stadium was still a dream to everyone.
 
"I have thoroughly enjoyed my return, although my injury has been hugely frustrating, and I wish I could have played a part in the run in.
 
“But overall I am so happy that I was able to come back and score the goals I did, and be part of this fantastic side."
 
Zamora’s performances this season were enjoyed by a whole new generation of fans, and the striker described his special relationship with the Albion faithful.
 
"What can I say? The fans were incredible to me when I came back, but not just to me, they backed the boys all the way and you could see that at the Sheffield Wednesday game.
 
"The noise they created in that second leg was phenomenal and even after the game, despite the result, they stayed and showed their appreciation for everything the players had given; that was something special.
 
"I cannot thank them enough for their support and if ever a group of supporters have deserved a taste of the Premier League, it is Albion fans.”


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