Date: 23rd May 2016 at 2:44pm
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Gordon Greer, Inigo Calderon, Andrew Crofts, Bobby Zamora and Adam Chicksen were all informed they wouldn’t be given new contract at the Amex Stadium.

As such they’ll officially leave Brighton next month when they’re contract end.

Experienced duo Greer and Zamora have looked back on their Brighton careers with fond memories following the decision by Chris Hughton to release them this summer, backing us for future success.

Captain Greer sees his six-year spell with the club, which involved helping us to the League 1 title and three Championship play-offs during his time with Brighton with him telling the Official Website he’ll have nothing but fond memories when he looks back on his time with the club.

‘When I look back on my time with the club, I just smile. I`ve had the privilege of working with some fantastic managers and some great players during my time here, and I have been so proud to be captain during that time.’

He went on to say being the ‘private person’ he is he couldn’t say a farewell on social media so this was his chance to do this and thank the fans for the support they’ve always given him and the team.

With the coaching staff also offered up much praise.

Reflecting on the standout moments for the club the departing captain finished by saying.

‘There have been a lot of great memories, but some obviously stand out more than others. Winning the title at Withdean; the first game at the Amex when Bucko [Will Buckley] scored; Leo`s [Ulloa] winner at Nottingham Forest. There have been so many brilliant memories. We`ve had our ups and downs, and just missing out on promotion this season was so disappointing, but I will definitely look back with fond memories.’

The 35-year-old, who is on international duty with Scotland now, isn’t done he’s got no plans in not continuing so he’ll be on the lookout for a new club soon enough but first and foremost (after his Scotland involvement) he plans to ‘have a bit of a holiday.’

Zamora’s second spell for Brighton might have been troubled by a few injury issues, although the Albion legend returned with these issues well documented and needing to be managed anyway.

It isn’t as clear if he’ll carry on playing, with it unlikely?

He, also speaking on the Official Website admitted these issues have been ‘hugely frustrating’ for him but he was delighted to return after more than a decade away from the club and is happy with his return.

‘It meant so much to me to come back here and play for this great club at the Amex, something I said I wanted to do when I left in 2003 when the new stadium was still a dream to everyone. I have thoroughly enjoyed my return, although my injury has been hugely frustrating, and I wish I could have played a part in the run in. But overall I am so happy that I was able to come back and score the goals I did, and be part of this fantastic side.’

Zamora might not be part of the squad next season but he’s sure we’ll do well.

Having not been ‘one of the fancied sides’ we went arguably closer than we ever have to automatic promotion to getting into the Premier League with him adding he’s certain we’ll use the play-off disappointment as a catalyst to a successful push next season.

‘I know the squad inside out and have no doubt that they will use the narrow miss this season to drive them on next year. We weren’t fancied to be near the top, but the lads showed what they are capable of. Now they are a year down the line and more together than ever, they will be even more determined to do well next season.

‘They have everything you need in the squad and the right manager to get into that top two, and we were only two goals shy of that this time, so I cannot see why they cannot achieve promotion next year. People will talk about the other teams that are coming down from the Premier League, but this wasn’t a side that lost in the play-offs after finishing sixth, this was a team that finished third and almost second, so for me, the only way is up for these boys.’

He couldn’t finish without mentioning the fans!

Playing in front of a new generation of fans, as well as those he would have known from his first spell, has been ‘something special’ for him with him also of the opinion that if any fans deserve topflight football the Albion fans deserved this.

‘What can I say? The fans were incredible to me when I came back, but not just to me, they backed the boys all the way and you could see that at the Sheffield Wednesday game. The noise they created in that second leg was phenomenal and even after the game, despite the result, they stayed and showed their appreciation for everything the players had given; that was something special. I cannot thank them enough for their support and if ever a group of supporters have deserved a taste of the Premier League, it is Albion fans.’

Two great players who will be missed and wished nothing but success for whatever the future brings them.

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