Date: 23rd June 2015 at 8:35pm
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Ben Roberts has today returned to Brighton and Hove Albion in the capacity as first team goalkeeping coach.

Bishop Auckland born Roberts joins us from Charlton Athletic, and the soon to be 40 year old will begin immediately in his new position as Antti Niemi’s replacement who recently returned to Finland for family reasons after his arrival last summer under former head coach Sami Hyypia.

Speaking to the Official Site following news of the appointment, manager Chris Hughton explained.

‘We had a lot of very high calibre applicants for the job, but Ben stood out as our number one choice. His credentials are first class, and he already has an understanding of the club. I’m delighted to welcome him to the club and am looking forward to working with Ben.’

Roberts himself said of his return to the club following his playing days.

‘I’m ecstatic to be back at Brighton. I’ve made no secret that my happiest years as a professional footballer were spent down here, as I had a special affinity with the fans at Withdean. Ever since briefly helping Dean Wilkins with the coaching in the summer of 2007, before starting university, I’ve had it in my head that I wanted to one day return as a coach. After speaking to Chris Hughton and Paul Barber, I am in no doubt that the time is right – the infrastructure already in place and vision of the club for the future really excites me. I can’t wait to get started working with David Stockdale, Casper Ankergren and Christian Walton and very much looking forward to the season ahead.’

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