Brighton & Hove Albion under-23s coach Liam Rosenior looks back on his four years at the club so far with great satisfaction.
Yesterday marked four years since the former defender arrived on the south coast from Hull City ahead of the 2015/16 season, and he reflected on his time at the Amex Stadium both on and off the field.
He said, “It’s been absolutely incredible. When you’re so busy you don’t always get the chance to look back as often as you’d like.
“Looking back on the last four years, I joined a club who were 20th in the Championship and who are now an established Premier League team.
“All areas of the club have come on so much and the academy sides and women’s team are plying their trade in the top divisions too. Everything’s grown so quickly.
“To have been a part of that journey in so many different areas is something that I always thought was possible, and now you always want to look ahead too and try and create more memories.”
The former full-back picked out a few stand-out moments from his time at the club, and in particular his first season in an Albion shirt.
“When you look at highlights of course you look at getting promoted to the Premier League, but for me the first season I had at the club in the 2015/16 season was incredible,” he continued.
“The way it finished was obviously tough to take but it really gave us a platform to kick on and grow. Players in that dressing room from the season before started to see a way we could get to the Premier League and started to believe that it was possible.
“That changed the ethos and it’s something I’m really proud of. From there the promotion is something I will never forget – the parade through the city and the celebrations on the pitch were fantastic.
“There’s been so much to pick out and talk about positively and hopefully there are many more to come.”
Rosenior hung up his boots last summer after a 17-year playing career and has now begun his coaching career with the club’s under-23s, while also developing his role as a pundit for Sky Sports.
“Retirement is the hardest thing for any player. I know Bruno will be going through it at the moment, and I went through it with Steve Sidwell who I was lucky enough to then have around me when I made the decision for myself.
“I can’t explain how difficult it is to give up something which you absolutely love and have done since you were a child.
“What’s been fantastic for me is still having the affiliation with the club. It’s something which I’ve always wanted to do and I’m doing it for a club I love to work for, so it’s been a perfect progression for me.”