Date: 15th June 2017 at 8:39pm
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Earlier this week goalkeeper David Stockdale made the surprise switch to Birmingham City on a free transfer.

Despite our promotion to the Premier League the contract offer made to him remained on the table and was ultimately rejected when he chose Birmingham to bring the curtain down on three years at the Amex.

Having come in from Fulham back in the summer of 2014, 31 year old Stockdale went on to make 140 appearances for Brighton across those three years in the Championship and more than played his part in last season’s successful automatic promotion run.

Speaking to the Official Site as news of his departure came out, manager Chris Hughton was obviously sad to see him go but paid tribute to his efforts.

‘Firstly, and most importantly, I would like to thank David Stockdale for his immense contribution over the past three seasons. He has been the stand-out goalkeeper in the Championship, and was a key member of our side as we went so close in 2016 and when we won promotion last season.’

Hughton went on to say.

‘There were some truly remarkable and very memorable moments, not least those three vital penalty saves last season against Fulham, Brentford and Sheffield Wednesday – all of which will live long in the memory for us all. I have a lot of time for David, not just for what he achieved on the pitch here, but also with his contribution to the club, community and particularly around the time of the Shoreham air crash. I wish him all the very best for the future.’

Chairman Tony Bloom also paid tribute to our departing stopper, saying.

‘David will always be warmly remembered for being a significant part in one of Brighton & Hove Albion`s most-memorable seasons ever. On behalf of all Albion fans, I would like to thank him for his efforts over the past three years, and wish him well for the future.’

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