Former Albion defender Liam Rosenior has announced his retirement after a 17-year playing career to take up a role with Brighton's academy.
The 34-year-old will assist under-23 head coach Simon Rusk as professional development phase coach. As well as taking up that role, Rosenior will also be a media analyst for Sky Sports.
Rosenior, who played for Bristol City, Torquay, Ipswich, Hull, Reading, Fulham and then Albion during his career is looking forward to the new chapter in his life.
He said: “Undoubtedly, it is a sad day for any professional footballer when the time comes to stop playing. However, I have enjoyed a long career and feel privileged to have earned a living doing something that I love. I am so lucky to have lived my childhood dream and I am now ready for the next chapter.
“There are a great many people and clubs to thank. Firstly, to every member of my wonderful family, most notably Mum, Dad, my brother Daron, my wife Erika and my four beautiful children: your love, belief and support was always a source of huge strength for me – I hope I made you proud.
“To the managers, coaches, players, backroom staff and supporters of every club I have had the good fortune to represent, I sincerely thank you for the lessons, happiness, memories and incredible support I have received in my career. I will never forget it.
“Now I am just as excited as I was as a child. I am embarking on a new chapter in my life with a new coaching role at Brighton and new media analyst role with Sky Sports. This could not have been possible without the support of all of the staff at this special club, but namely Tony Bloom, Chris Hughton, John Morling and Simon Rusk for giving me this opportunity. I will do everything I can to repay your faith in my future as a coach. I cannot wait to continue the journey with this fantastic club.”
Rosenior has completed his UEFA PRO licence and will combine his early steps in management with media work.
He added: “As sportsmen, you are conditioned to never give up and to keep looking ahead for the next challenge. For me, this will be to use the knowledge I have gained from the special people throughout my career and help nurture the next generation of footballers at Brighton, as well as providing my perspective of the game as a pundit. I am hugely excited by both and cannot wait to start.”