Date: 13th June 2016 at 11:01pm
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Having recently agreed a 12 month deal at The Amex Stadium with Brighton following his release by Stoke City this summer, midfielder Steve Sidwell has been speaking about his aims for the coming campaign.

Having played his part as a loanee, making 18 appearances for the club as we narrowly missed out on automatic promotion from the Championship, before falling at the Play Off hurdles, Sidwell told the Official Site that he comes to the club on a permanent basis looking to make up for the disappointment at the end of the last campaign.

Sidwell, who spent the second half of last season on loan from Stoke City, made 18 appearances as the Seagulls narrowly missed out on promotion, and he is keen to make up for that bitter disappointment.

‘It was heartbreaking to miss out on promotion, by the narrowest of margins, but hopefully we can make amends next season and I can play my part in that. I’m delighted to have signed permanently because, as I have said all along, this club is Premier League ready; we have a top-quality manager and a squad that I believe has the ability to play at that level. Having come so close last season, I’m really determined to help us go one better next season – as are all the lads. It’s not going to be easy though, it never is, and we have Newcastle, Norwich and Aston Villa to contend with as well. We have to use last season’s disappointment as a motivation to really kick on. None of us want to go through that disappointment again, but we now know what is needed to win promotion and we can use that to our advantage.’

With his permanent deal meaning a third spell at the club in his career, and having really shown what he was capable of when Dale Stephens went missing with his pathetic ban, Sidwell went on to say that physically he felt great going into the campaign and he was looking to be an important part of the first team squad next term.

‘As any player will tell you, there’s nothing like playing games. You can do all the training you like but it’s only when you get those 90 minutes under your belt that you get your match sharpness back. I was pleased with how I was playing towards the end of the season because I’d gone a long time without regular football. I was feeling fit, strong, and now I can`t wait to get going again. I’m going to enjoy the rest of the summer break, with my future sorted out, but I’ve got one eye on pre-season season already. Once we’re back in the building, the focus will be on next season and I`m hoping to carry on where I left off.’

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