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SIDWELL'S ENJOYABLE BREAK AFTER 'CRAZY' CELEBRATIONS

21 June 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Steve Sidwell in action against QPR at Loftus Road last season.

Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Steve Sidwell reflected on a “crazy” period in the club’s history, but admitted he’s enjoyed having some time away from football before returning for pre-season training next week.

Sidwell stressed the importance of taking a break throughout the summer months, but insists the celebrations at the end of last season were moments that must be cherished.

He said, “There’s a famous saying in football - ‘never get too high and never get too low’ - but you’ve got to enjoy the season and the celebrations, because it doesn't happen very often.

“It was a crazy couple of weeks, but we’ve had time to go away and switch off. I’ve been with my family and had time to relax, which has been refreshing, but it all starts again in a couple of weeks.

“If I’m honest, I just switch off. The first three or four weeks, I do nothing. The demands of the Championship are very tough, especially at the young, budding age of 34.

“But I still get that excitement, the day I don’t will be the day that I pack up. It’s nice going back, seeing the lads and hearing the stories of what everyone has been up to over the summer.

“We’ve still got a short period before we come back in, so I’m just ticking over now and then I’ll get ready for pre-season.”

Summer signing Pascal Gross will join Sidwell when the players return ahead of the new season, and the 34-year-old is pleased to have another option adding pressure in the centre of midfield.

“You always want competition in every department, it brings out the best in players, as it showed last season.

“We’re quite fortunate that the squad we had last season, certainly the starting eleven, pushed every week - hence why we performed so well in games.

“The step up in quality will show, so we’ll need to recruit well, but the manager will also stay loyal to the players here and give them their chance to fulfil their dreams of playing in the Premier League.”


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