With his deal set to expire this summer, Brighton & Hove Albion have confirmed that midfielder Steve Sidwell has signed a one-year extension with the club. That means the 34-year-old, who possesses top flight experience, will be a part of their first ever season in the Premier League.

The veteran appeared 37 times as the Seagulls finally secured their spot in the big time after a few seasons of near misses. He scored just the one goal during that time, but it was a pretty memorable one away to Bristol City! This unsurprisingly won the EFL Goal of the Season Award. That amazing strike by Sidwell can be seen in the video at the bottom of the page.

Speaking on the news that Sidwell will be staying at the Amex Stadium. Manager Chris Hughton that Sidwell has earned this extension and still has a big role to play within the squad,

“Steve has been a key member of the squad over the past 18 months. He thoroughly deserves this new deal and I am delighted that he is extending his stay at the club.

“Our fans know his qualities well, and his experience, particularly at Premier League level, will be important for us. He is an excellent pro and that experience will be vital for us next season.”

Sidwell is currently in his second spell with the club after spending time on loan with Albion when joining in 2002, under the management of Steve Coppell. Since then he has played for the likes of Chelsea, Aston Villa, Fulham and Stoke City. He returned to Brighton on loan in 2016, with it being made permanent later that year.

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