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22 June 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Sebastien Pocognoli on stage with chairman Tony Bloom at Albion's promotion parade.

Former Brighton & Hove Albion defender Sebastien Pocognoli spoke fondly about his time at the club, and reflected on a memorable promotion-winning season - before returning to Standard Liege this summer.
The 29-year-old spent last season on loan with the Seagulls from West Bromwich Albion, and reflected on some fantastic memories after playing a part in Albion’s Premier League promotion.
He said, “I loved my time at Brighton. If I had to leave, I felt it would not be for another Championship club. The chance of coming back to Standard was too good because it is like my home. I came through the youth set-up here.
“But I was very happy with my experiences with Brighton and in the Championship. I felt part of the team and played a big part in the season. My contribution was good and I think the club were happy with it.
“There were options to go to another Championship club in January and it might have been an easy decision because I wasn’t playing much.
“But I felt I had signed a season-long loan so I should stick with it until the last game of the season. I saw it as my job to stay at Brighton and keep fighting. It turned out to be the right decision.”
Pocognoli, who made 20 league appearances for the Seagulls, joined his team-mates at the club’s promotion parade in May, and the full-back felt it was the perfect way for his loan spell to finish.
“The parade was a good end and made fantastic memories for the team and the supporters.
“Having been with the team throughout the season, I wanted to finish it with the team at the parade.
“I think of winning promotion like a title anyway. I’ve had a couple of those, in England and Belgium.
“Some players don’t get any in a career. So if you get those opportunities to celebrate, you have to do it.”

 The Belgian highlighted his spectacular free kick against Queens Park Rangers - his only goal for the club - as one of his favourite memories, but he also commented on the strong team spirit within the playing squad.
“All the season was special. It was my favourite season. QPR was special with the goal, Sheffield Wednesday was special. I remember the win against Leeds, the game at Wolves. Every game really.
“I remember the team spirit we had. I spoke about that the first day I was at Brighton. I hope they keep that spirit next season.”

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