The Albion defender assessed the club's progress during his time with the Seagulls.
Brighton & Hove Albion defender Lewis Dunk showed his appreciation towards how far the Seagulls have come since coming through the youth ranks, following the club’s promotion to the Premier League.
The home-grown 25-year-old reflected on his earlier days at Albion’s former training facilities at Sussex University, and expressed his pride at the club’s progress since joining 15 years ago.
He said, “I’ve been here since the age of ten, so it’s been incredible to see the club rise from where it was back then.
“I used to watch games at Withdean as a kid, out in the pouring rain, and I’ll never forget my youth-team days up at the university.
“We’d clean all the boots, we’d do all our chores, then go out to train on pitches that were nothing like the ones we have now.
“The youth players here have everything they could wish for now, whereas we had very little, but that’s made me appreciate what I now have – and appreciate what the club has become.”
Dunk showed his excitement ahead of next season’s Premier League campaign, but understands it’s going to be a big challenge coming up against the best teams in English football.
“For us to be playing in the Premier League, I still can’t believe it myself, and I’m sure the fans are feeling the same way, so we’ve all got to enjoy this summer.
“You dream of being a Premier League player as a kid and to walk out against one of the top four clubs is going to be something special.
“We know it’s going to be a massive step up, but it’s a joy to be there and a challenge to show people what we can do at the highest level.”