Albion's striker looked ahead to the challenge facing the squad in 2017/18.
Brighton & Hove Albion striker Sam Baldock believes the strong sense of togetherness amongst the players and within the club must remain heading into next season’s Premier League challenge.
The 28-year-old understands it could be a busy summer of recruitment for the club, but stressed the importance of keeping that feel-good factor within the group, with new faces likely to join the squad over the summer.
He said, “The majority of clubs in the Championship have played in the Premier League and their budgets were incomparable to ours, but our unity and our togetherness, right through the club, got us over the line.
“We know that there will be new players coming in, maybe some players going out, that’s the nature of the beast, but it’s important that bond remains.
“It helps when you’re winning most of the time, but when things don’t go your way and you’ve got that bond, you can talk openly and honestly with each other to find out why things haven’t gone so well.
“That togetherness is massive and it’s important that stays and we have that continuity next season as well.”
Baldock scored 12 goals for the Seagulls during the season just gone, his best tally for the club so far, and the striker singled out one particular game that he felt was vital in Albion’s push for promotion.
“There have been many key moments, but Birmingham away was a seminal moment for me.
“It wasn’t our best performance but we turned up in the last ten minutes, and got three points that we thoroughly didn’t deserve.
“We went straight on to our Christmas do, where the togetherness shone again and we really kicked on from there.”
Jubilant celebrations followed Albion’s promotion-clinching victory against Wigan Athletic midway through April, and Baldock reflected on the amazing scenes throughout the city, ahead of Sunday’s promotion parade in Brighton.
“It’s something you don’t see that often, players interacting with the fans, but that was a great opportunity for us all to be as one.
“We were celebrating as much as them and it was an unbelievable experience to celebrate with them – one of the best of my life.
“Just being in amongst it was amazing and I’m sure the whole city will be buzzing all summer long.”
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