Brighton last night confirmed they had reached an agreement to take Belgium left-back Sebastien Pocognoli on loan for the season from Premier League outfit West Bromwich Albion.
Pocognoli now 29, has 11 caps for his country. The Belgium international joined WBA back in 2014 from Bundesliga side Hannover 96 but the full back has failed to fully establish himself as a regular started making just twenty-one appearance for the Premier League side during his two year stay at the Hawthorns.
Pocognoli is expected to provide competition for the currently injured Liam Rosenior who is out with an ankle injury.
“Sebastien has a vast amount of experience having played in some of the top divisions in Europe,” said Brighton manager Chris Hughton.
“He is the type of quality player we want to add to the squad, and we are looking forward to working with him.”
Pocognoli is also looking forward to his season on the South Coast:
He said, “It’s a very important move for me because when you are in a difficult situation like I was at West Brom, you have to make a decision, and I hope that this choice will give me a new positive way in my career.
“I have good experience in England. Sometimes in your career you have difficult situations for a number of reasons, but for me to come to Brighton was the best option.
“Brighton is the perfect Championship club for me, and I am sure I will feel good here; that’s the most important thing for me.
“I have gone a long time without a game and I need to enjoy my football and my job. I am very happy and very motivated and just want to try to win promotion with the team.”
Seb also pointed out what he hopes to bring to the side:
“I am a left-back, I am left footed and I like to participate in the attacking side of the team.
“But the most important thing is to defend well and keep shape. I like to contribute with crosses, get forward, play with my heart and try to give everything in every game. Those are my qualities.
“I spoke with the manager [Chris Hughton] and he was very clear about the vision of the club and what he wanted to do.
“From what I heard about the club, it is a very stable team with a good structure, and it’s what I want at this moment in my career. The facilities and the stadium are brilliant and I think Brighton is a lovely place to live.
“That’s important for my family too and everything is perfect for me to bring some positive energy in my career.”
Pocognoli is now eagerly anticipating his Seagulls debut, but knows he is far from guaranteed a place in the team and is ready to battle for a regular starting berth.
“I can’t wait to play football, but first I need to train and get back to a good level so I am ready to give everything on the pitch.
“I know we have a good squad, so I need to fight to be in the team and I will do my best to do it.”
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