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ALBION SIGN SIDWELL

Steve Sidwell signs.

Steve Sidwell signs.

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PUBLISHED

16:30 25th January 2016

by Paul Camillin


Brighton & Hove Albion have signed midfielder Steve Sidwell from Stoke City, on loan until the end of the current season.

The 33-year-old Londoner completed the move this afternoon, having successfully passed his medical at the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre earlier today.    

Sidwell, who began his career with Arsenal, returns to Albion, where he had a hugely successful two-month loan spell in the Championship during the 2002/03 season.

Manager Chris Hughton said, "Steve is an experienced player who has played virtually his entire career in the Premier League. He knows this club, as well as a few of the squad and will supplement our existing midfield options.

"Beram Kayal, Dale Stephens, Andrew Crofts and others have been excellent in midfield for us this season, but we also need to make sure we have good options in every position of the team, and options which will be enough for us through until the end of the season.

"Steve brings that, and in addition, he is another experienced head; he is a player who's proven at the very top level of English football. Brighton fans will know Steve is also a great athlete and top professional, so I'm absolutely delighted he has decided to join us."

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Born in Wandsworth, Sidwell began his career with Arsenal. He spent time on loan under Steve Coppell at both Brentford and Albion, before moving to Reading in January 2003.

He helped Reading win promotion to the Premier League in 2005, and joined Jose Mourinho's Chelsea on a free transfer in the summer of 2007.

He's subsequently played in the Premier League at Aston Villa and Fulham - where he played alongside Bobby Zamora, Liam Rosenior and David Stockdale - and at Stoke City.

He's made in excess of 400 senior appearances, scoring 61 goals - five of those came in his 12-game spell with Albion. Sidwell has also represented England at under-21 level.

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