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Brighton & Hove Albion release captain Gordon Greer, Bobby Zamora

Brighton & Hove Albion announce that five players, including captain Gordon Greer and Bobby Zamora, will leave the club on free transfers this summer.

Brighton & Hove Albion have confirmed that captain Gordon Greer and Bobby Zamora are among five players to be released by the club.

The Championship outfit have opted against offering the pair new contracts, and both will leave when their current deals expire at the end of June.

Inigo Calderon, Andrew Crofts and Adam Chicksen will also depart from the Amex, but there are new contracts for goalkeepers Niki Maenpaa and Casper Ankergren, as well as 35-year-old right-back Bruno.

"It never gets any easier to make these decisions, or to deliver the news to players - particularly on the back of such a good season," manager Chris Hughton told the club's official website. "In the case of Gordon and Calde, there is the added factor of their standing with the club. They are our two longest-serving players in the current squad, and have each achieved so much for this football club.

"Similarly with Andrew Crofts, he has been an excellent servant across two spells here. He's another who's given so much to the club. With Bobby, his history with Brighton was written long before I arrived, but he has only added to that in this past season, with his performances, goals and contribution in the dressing room.

"Adam is a fantastic young professional, and while he hasn't been able to break through into the first-team here, I am certain he has a bright future ahead of him and plenty to offer going forward. On behalf of everyone at the club, I would like to thank them all for their efforts and wish them the very best for the future. They are welcome back here at any time, and each of them has been an absolute pleasure to manage."

Loanees Steve Sidwell and James Wilson will return to Stoke City and Manchester United respectively.


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