Date: 4th August 2015 at 5:06pm
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Late yesterday evening Brighton and Hove Albion confirmed the return of striker Bobby Zamora.

The former England international left Queens Park Rangers over the summer following their relegation back to the Championship and he has now made a return to the club where he made his name, scoring 83 goals in just over three seasons back in 2000-03.

Having passed his medical at the Elite Football Performance Centre last night he penned a 12 month contract with the club.

Speaking to the Official Site manager Chris Hughton said of the capture.

‘We are absolutely delighted to have brought Bobby back to Brighton. He needs absolutely no introduction here. The Albion fans know everything about him, from his achievements in a Brighton shirt and right through his time with Spurs, West Ham, Fulham and QPR. I also know Bobby well, having worked with him during his time at Spurs, and he is a great professional; I know he will bring plenty of experience to the team, having played Premier League, European and international football.’

As well as experience, Hughton goes on to say he will also bring a lot of character into the dressing room given the type of chap he is but Zamora isn’t going to be his only addition this week he hopes.

‘We still have work to do in terms of adding to the squad, including those offensive options, in terms of creating and scoring goals.’

Speaking in his own interview after signing the deal, Zamora revealed that he’d been hoping all summer something could be done to bring him back here.

‘I was holding out for it, I wanted to come back and everything just fell in place. I had a few offers from abroad but I turned those down, and now I’m happy to be back at Brighton where it all started. I just hope I do myself justice. There is going to be quite a lot of pressure and the fans are going to be expecting a lot, but they can rest assured I will be doing my best. I’ve spoken to Chris Hughton and he said we’ve been in almost every game, and only lost by one goal in the majority of games we lost last season. Hopefully I can make a difference and score one or two goals and get Brighton to where they should be. Promotion is the goal and I’m looking forward to the new season.’

Zamora went on to say that he’d always maintained one day he would like to return to the club again, so he’s delighted he’s been able to make that happen this year as it feels right and hopefully that will be an indication of what 2015-16 will be like for the club.

Of course there’s been plenty of change since he was last here as a player.

‘I have always said that I wanted to come back one day. Now I’m here, I’m pleased to sign on the dotted line and to be back where I started. Just walking into the training ground and seeing the whole building and all the pitches is mind blowing and seeing where the club has come from 15 years ago. I’m so pleased for the club, I always kept an eye out for them, speaking to whoever was here at the time. More recently it’s been Nathan Jones who is first team coach.’

Of course the Play Offs this year will be the aim, but he was quick to say we can’t get carried away with ourselves and we have to take it one game at a time and see how the season falls.

‘I will take one game at a time, and aim to do as well as I can. My game has changed a bit and it’s probably not as prolific as I would like, but I hope to bring a lot to the team, in terms of holding the ball up and bringing other players into the game. Hopefully all the new players can gel and we can do well. Promotion is key, we’re here to get promoted, so that’s got to be our aim and we’ll try to do that. The aim has to be to try to get into the play-offs, or better. Once you get into the play-offs, then anything can happen. Hopefully we can do that and be a tough team to beat.’

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