Brighton & Hove Albion senior player development coach Bruno shared his excitement to be starting a new role on the south coast, and is eager to help the club’s players improve ahead of a third season in the Premier League.
Bruno ended his playing career against Manchester City on the final day of last season, after spending seven seasons representing the Seagulls at the Amex Stadium.
The 38-year-old will now become part of Graham Potter’s backroom staff, working with the first-team squad, while also mentoring the under-23s and providing support for players out on loan.
He said, “I’m really happy and excited to start new challenges. It’s a new role and I can’t wait to start pre-season and be with all the staff and players.
“That transition from playing to whatever you’re going to do is always going to be difficult, but I’m really thankful to the club for the way they’ve helped me.
“I really like Graham’s ideas, what he wants to do and how he wants to do it. I’m going to try and help as much as possible and learn from everyone as well.
“I want Graham and all of his staff to be successful. I’ve been at this club for seven years and I’m now here to help the staff, first-team players and younger players as much as I can.”
The Spaniard was unveiled to Albion’s first-team squad at the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre this morning, and he was touched by the jubilant response from his former team-mates.
“The reaction was really nice, they were surprised because they didn’t know. We tried to keep it really quiet because I wanted to see their reaction.
“I’ve been with quite a lot of them for a really long time. We have really good friendships and it’s so special to stay with them.
“I’m looking forward to helping from the outside. When you’re a player, you focus on your own game and it’s not always easy to help others.
“I’ll now be looking at the sessions from the outside, seeing the bigger picture, and I’m really looking forward to helping the players become even better.”