Former Brighton & Hove Albion winger Elliott Bennett reflected on the relationship he formed with Glenn Murray while at the club, and expressed his delight to see the forward settled on the south coast.
The 30-year-old, who now plays for Blackburn Rovers, played 42 league matches alongside Murray in Albion’s 2010/11 promotion-winning season to the Sky Bet Championship.
Bennett and Murray have remained in contact since departing the Seagulls in 2011, and the winger is delighted to see his former team-mate doing well for Chris Hughton’s team after returning to Sussex in 2016.
He said, “I’ve got quite a strange relationship with Glenn. We’re similar in some ways and then very different in others. But we really got on when I was at Brighton and had a connection on the pitch.
“Away from the pitch, we were often room-mates. When we went our separate ways, we always stayed in touch and I’m so happy that he got his move back to Brighton.
“We never used to think about playing in the Premier League to be honest. Glenn is still the same and so am I - we tend to live in the moment and not look at what might happen.
“Careers takes different paths, but I’m really delighted for Glenn that he found his way back to where he calls home.
“He’s still producing the goods at the grand old age of 40, or whatever he is now, he won’t thank me for that!”
Prior to Bennett’s move to Norwich City in 2011, the winger was linked with the Canaries midway through the 2010/11 campaign, but remained on the south coast to help Albion win promotion.
The Rovers winger recalled a memorable moment that came towards the end of the January transfer window, as Albion’s supporters made their appreciation known during an FA Cup fourth-round tie against Watford.
“The reception the fans gave me at Vicarage Road was a really uplifting moment for me. It’s something I’ll never forget and always be grateful for.
“It’s just one of the many moments behind why Brighton holds a special place in my heart. I love the football club.
“It could have gone either way - they could have been quite hostile towards me, but they weren’t and they were just happy that I was staying at their football club.
“From that point onwards, I was determined to carry on throwing myself into it and give them what they deserved, which was getting promoted.”