Date: 5th August 2015 at 4:14pm
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Gordon Greer and Kazenga LuaLua have both spoken about the arrival of Bobby Zamora for his second spell at the club, and the upcoming Championship opener on Friday.

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Starting with our skipper, Greer, he said he felt that Zamora was a fantastic addition to our ranks and overall he was very confident about the coming 2015-16 season.

Speaking to the Official Site with Nottingham Forest up on Friday evening in the Championship opener of the year, Greer said he was confident that Brighton could show a lot of improvement on 2014-15 but of course he acknowledged it would be a tough fixture for us.

‘It’s a big challenge because we know they’re a good side. They have a fantastic squad but we’ll have our supporters behind us. There’s not much between top and bottom in this league, everyone is a threat and it’s all about putting a run together. You have to forget about last season and focus on what’s in front of you. Thankfully we stayed up but we’ll use the experiences from last year to push forward. We did struggle with our home form last year. I can’t tell you exactly why but that’s behind us now.’

Greer went on to say that having had a more settle pre season campaign compared to this time last year should also reap its own rewards for the players, but of course it’s now about putting that into practice and getting the results that prove it.

‘Pre-season has been great for players coming in and getting to know everyone so we can’t wait to get started now. The manager has had the whole summer to plan what players are going and who he wants to bring in. In previous seasons the manager’s been put in last minute and been rushing to get signings in so it’s great that we’ve been able to plan ahead. He’s managed to fill all the positions he wanted so it’s good for us that we know what’s happening and what to expect.’

As for the return of the Zamora, he went on to add that hopefully he’ll prove to be the piece of the jigsaw that gets us back into at least Play Off contention.

‘I think it’s a really good signing – it’s a position the club has been trying to fill since Leonardo Ulloa left. He’s got all the experience and we’re delighted to have him back. If you asked me last year would Bournemouth win the league I would have said ‘probably not’ but they had some great players and fully deserved to get promoted. Over the course of the season, teams will emerge as contenders and hopefully we are one of them.’

Moving onto Kazenga, he has obviously been the holder of the iconic No 25 shirt that Zamora made his name in and with the squad numbers now out for the coming year, we know that LuaLua has swapped to the No 30, leaving the 25 free for Bobby once more.

‘We all know how popular Bobby is at Brighton; he`s a legend, so it wasn’t a bad thing to do and to give up the shirt for a legend. It was a nice number to have and I knew the history of it, I knew Bobby had it before me. He is is very important to the fans, so to give the number back to him is perfect. I had the number at Newcastle and it was the number that Gus Poyet wanted me to wear here when I first came. It’s the right time to give the number away to a true legend.’

Zamora went on to say of the gesture.

‘I am touched that he`s given it to me, I really am. I didn’t kick up a fuss, the question was would you like it? I said that I would love the number back, but also if Kaz wants to keep it then that`s no problem, but he’s made a lovely gesture of offering it to me. Obviously there is an affiliation of the number with myself after having it at the other clubs I’ve been at, but it was a really nice gesture for him to give it to me.’

Zamora went on to say that he knows the job LuaLua has done in the shirt since he came into the club so the challenge for him now is to not only live up to his previous success with us in that number, but also ‘follow’ Kaz and his importance in recent years.

‘I really appreciate it that and I will do my best to keep the shirt. I want to keep the popularity of the number going. Brighton was the club where I first wore the number at and I’ve kept it since, except for a short time at Fulham, so it’s been good for me and hopefully it can continue in that way.’

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