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14 June 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Steve Sidwell during the promotion parade.

Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Steve Sidwell expressed his excitement to see his team-mates get a chance to play in the Premier League next season, ahead of Wednesday's highly-anticipated fixture release.

The 34-year-old played for Reading, Chelsea, Aston Villa, Fulham and Stoke City in the top flight of English football, and highlighted the magnitude of every single fixture, as the Seagulls get set for their debut Premier League season.

He said, "I've been fortunate to play in the Premier League for over ten years, and I know that every game is something to look forward to.

"I wouldn't say there's any particular standout fixture for me, but I'm looking forward to seeing the lads that haven't played in the Premier League, see their faces and how they enjoy it.

"I don't think it matters if we're home or away [on the opening day], you just need to get points on the board. The players need to realise that it's going to be a complete contrast to last season.

"You can go into games in the Championship knowing you're going to get three points and you take it for granted, whereas every point in the Premier League is vital."

Albion will visit some of the biggest sporting venues in Europe, such as Old Trafford and Anfield, and Sidwell spoke further about the excitement surrounding these games, for both the players and supporters.

"I did it when I was a kid, going to watch away games, and you never lose that excitement. Walking into stadiums that you've never been to before, through the terraces and seeing that pitch for the first time.

"You get a real buzz and it's the same for the players when they go through the tunnel. The games will be occasions for everyone to enjoy, and we'll certainly enjoy it more if we remain in the Premier League."

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