Skipper hails his dream move to Albion

Gordon Greer

Gordon Greer

First published in Sport by , Chief sports reporter

Gordon Greer has hailed his move to Albion as the best decision of his career.

Swindon were above the Seagulls in League One when Greer was signed by Gus Poyet four years ago.

It has more or less been success all the way since then for Albion and their Glaswegian centre-half, who has played for seven clubs either side of the border.

Greer, 33, told The Argus: "It's been the most successful time I've had as a player. We won League One and have finished in the play-offs twice and playing for Scotland.

"That coincided with the new stadium and training facility so I've been very fortunate that I've been part of the club at the right time and I'll just give everything I can to maintain my place here.

"It was a big decision (to sign) but when I spoke to the manager, Gus, at the time I just felt it was right. I wanted to play in a team that played football and when I spoke to him it was an easy decision for me.

"People maybe thought it was a step backwards but looking back it was a really good decision.

"It's definitely exceeded my expectations. I'd obviously played against Brighton at Withdean. I wasn't fully aware of the fanbase the club had until we moved into the new stadium.

"The fanbase the club has is fantastic and obviously they have got the infra-structure now with the stadium, the training ground. I think in the future the club will really kick on."

Greer, in the final year of his contract, would like to think he can go all the way with Albion to the Premier League and end his playing days at the club before moving into coaching. But he is not looking beyond another challenging season in the Championship.

"I would love to stay here and get to the Premier League with Brighton," he said. "At the same time you can't really look too far ahead.

"It's up to us to play as well as we can. It's a tough league. It would be a dream come true to play in the Premier League but there's a whole season ahead of us, so I wouldn't get too carried away this this moment.

"I know some people look at players and think they follow the money and go where ever they want but it's not quite as easy as that.

"We've had players here who would have loved to stay but didn't get offered contracts. Likewise there are players that have probably stayed here that don't want to be here.

"I'd love to be here but it's not about me, it's about the club and what I want as well. I don't want to go into coaching for a few more years yet. I am fully focused on playing and maintaining fitness as long as I can."

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5:26pm Fri 8 Aug 14

hannover seagull says...

Nice one Gordon
Now the debate gets back to football thankfully
We can put a team out tomorrow and although its not what we had wished and hoped for its still our team
We have enough to beat S/Weds and all that is needed is a performance from
players given a start to say,thanks Sami for your trust
I think we will win our first game and there will be a big turnout at our lovely stadium contrary to some views on here
The season is long and we will be fine
UTA----
Nice one Gordon Now the debate gets back to football thankfully We can put a team out tomorrow and although its not what we had wished and hoped for its still our team We have enough to beat S/Weds and all that is needed is a performance from players given a start to say,thanks Sami for your trust I think we will win our first game and there will be a big turnout at our lovely stadium contrary to some views on here The season is long and we will be fine UTA---- hannover seagull
  • Score: 9

5:35pm Fri 8 Aug 14

pablobrowno says...

Spill the beans then Gordon! Name the players who have stayed here that don't want to be here?!!
Spill the beans then Gordon! Name the players who have stayed here that don't want to be here?!! pablobrowno
  • Score: 3

5:40pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Ex-pat Arnie says...

"I know some people look at players and think they follow the money and go where ever they want but it's not quite as easy as that."

That's a comment that will be either ignored or derided by several regulars on here.
"I know some people look at players and think they follow the money and go where ever they want but it's not quite as easy as that." That's a comment that will be either ignored or derided by several regulars on here. Ex-pat Arnie
  • Score: 5

5:41pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Ex-pat Arnie says...

pablobrowno wrote:
Spill the beans then Gordon! Name the players who have stayed here that don't want to be here?!!
Vicente, for one.
[quote][p][bold]pablobrowno[/bold] wrote: Spill the beans then Gordon! Name the players who have stayed here that don't want to be here?!![/p][/quote]Vicente, for one. Ex-pat Arnie
  • Score: 1

5:47pm Fri 8 Aug 14

VegasSeagull says...

Ex-pat Arnie wrote:
pablobrowno wrote:
Spill the beans then Gordon! Name the players who have stayed here that don't want to be here?!!
Vicente, for one.
Barnes for the last few months of his time with us, Bridcutt another.
[quote][p][bold]Ex-pat Arnie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pablobrowno[/bold] wrote: Spill the beans then Gordon! Name the players who have stayed here that don't want to be here?!![/p][/quote]Vicente, for one.[/p][/quote]Barnes for the last few months of his time with us, Bridcutt another. VegasSeagull
  • Score: 10

5:51pm Fri 8 Aug 14

beanyeye says...

Noone didn't want to be here towards the end, either. However, there are players who have left who you think would be happy to come back, Elliot Bennett for example. I am not sure about Muzza.
Noone didn't want to be here towards the end, either. However, there are players who have left who you think would be happy to come back, Elliot Bennett for example. I am not sure about Muzza. beanyeye
  • Score: 7

6:06pm Fri 8 Aug 14

stevebh says...

GG has been a great servant over the years....didn't he get sent off in his first game at withdean? ....seem to recall a stramash in the box and he punched someone out :-)
GG has been a great servant over the years....didn't he get sent off in his first game at withdean? ....seem to recall a stramash in the box and he punched someone out :-) stevebh
  • Score: 6

6:08pm Fri 8 Aug 14

namgo49 says...

I see Orlandi, Mr Nice Guy, will be back to haunt us later in the seson. He would have loved to have stayed and we should have given him one more year at least. Mistake!!
I see Orlandi, Mr Nice Guy, will be back to haunt us later in the seson. He would have loved to have stayed and we should have given him one more year at least. Mistake!! namgo49
  • Score: 5

6:30pm Fri 8 Aug 14

gilbertthecat says...

TK another who didn't want to stay but initially couldn't go - lucky for him he only had a short time left on his contract. Whatever the reason for his release he did serve us well for a few seasons but I think his time was up really. It's always like that though. Even LU who may well have stayed if we'd got into the PL but wanted it so much he had to go elsewhere. It's a shame but it will always be the way of it, not just for us but for all clubs.
TK another who didn't want to stay but initially couldn't go - lucky for him he only had a short time left on his contract. Whatever the reason for his release he did serve us well for a few seasons but I think his time was up really. It's always like that though. Even LU who may well have stayed if we'd got into the PL but wanted it so much he had to go elsewhere. It's a shame but it will always be the way of it, not just for us but for all clubs. gilbertthecat
  • Score: 8

6:55pm Fri 8 Aug 14

AlfieT says...

Should have sold him to Leeds.
Should have sold him to Leeds. AlfieT
  • Score: -3

7:29pm Fri 8 Aug 14

ringtone says...

VegasSeagull wrote:
Ex-pat Arnie wrote:
pablobrowno wrote:
Spill the beans then Gordon! Name the players who have stayed here that don't want to be here?!!
Vicente, for one.
Barnes for the last few months of his time with us, Bridcutt another.
Ulloa
[quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ex-pat Arnie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pablobrowno[/bold] wrote: Spill the beans then Gordon! Name the players who have stayed here that don't want to be here?!![/p][/quote]Vicente, for one.[/p][/quote]Barnes for the last few months of his time with us, Bridcutt another.[/p][/quote]Ulloa ringtone
  • Score: -4

7:34pm Fri 8 Aug 14

hannover seagull says...

Why keep chewing the cud over whats happened with players past
The situation is the same at any club all over the leagues

CMS for first goal tomorrow and why not?
Get behind your club and support our team,pre season is one thing but now
its game on
Crowd can help immensely to settle nerves for the first game,
By the way doe´s anyone know if the huge Stand or Fall/Albion banner is finished yet or still in the making
UTA..
Why keep chewing the cud over whats happened with players past The situation is the same at any club all over the leagues CMS for first goal tomorrow and why not? Get behind your club and support our team,pre season is one thing but now its game on Crowd can help immensely to settle nerves for the first game, By the way doe´s anyone know if the huge Stand or Fall/Albion banner is finished yet or still in the making UTA.. hannover seagull
  • Score: 4

7:36pm Fri 8 Aug 14

ringtone says...

Ex-pat Arnie wrote:
"I know some people look at players and think they follow the money and go where ever they want but it's not quite as easy as that."

That's a comment that will be either ignored or derided by several regulars on here.
Nobody wanted Dunk even Hull.

But he gets rewarded with a 4 year contract.

Why give him the security that will further stagnate his football career.

Another masterstroke from our fantastic head of football.
[quote][p][bold]Ex-pat Arnie[/bold] wrote: "I know some people look at players and think they follow the money and go where ever they want but it's not quite as easy as that." That's a comment that will be either ignored or derided by several regulars on here.[/p][/quote]Nobody wanted Dunk even Hull. But he gets rewarded with a 4 year contract. Why give him the security that will further stagnate his football career. Another masterstroke from our fantastic head of football. ringtone
  • Score: -17

8:19pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Mark Dixon says...

Why are we hearing this from Greer now, he has been with us for a few years
Why are we hearing this from Greer now, he has been with us for a few years Mark Dixon
  • Score: 0

8:23pm Fri 8 Aug 14

mark by the sea says...

ringtone wrote:
Ex-pat Arnie wrote:
"I know some people look at players and think they follow the money and go where ever they want but it's not quite as easy as that."

That's a comment that will be either ignored or derided by several regulars on here.
Nobody wanted Dunk even Hull.

But he gets rewarded with a 4 year contract.

Why give him the security that will further stagnate his football career.

Another masterstroke from our fantastic head of football.
I actually agree, what has he done on the football field to get a 4 year deal? He won't start tomo at the age of 22, that makes me wonder what is going on?
[quote][p][bold]ringtone[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ex-pat Arnie[/bold] wrote: "I know some people look at players and think they follow the money and go where ever they want but it's not quite as easy as that." That's a comment that will be either ignored or derided by several regulars on here.[/p][/quote]Nobody wanted Dunk even Hull. But he gets rewarded with a 4 year contract. Why give him the security that will further stagnate his football career. Another masterstroke from our fantastic head of football.[/p][/quote]I actually agree, what has he done on the football field to get a 4 year deal? He won't start tomo at the age of 22, that makes me wonder what is going on? mark by the sea
  • Score: -10

8:28pm Fri 8 Aug 14

JeffLomer says...

namgo49 wrote:
I see Orlandi, Mr Nice Guy, will be back to haunt us later in the seson. He would have loved to have stayed and we should have given him one more year at least. Mistake!!
Move on mate get over Orlandi to injury prone, great when fit, but more injured than fit,
[quote][p][bold]namgo49[/bold] wrote: I see Orlandi, Mr Nice Guy, will be back to haunt us later in the seson. He would have loved to have stayed and we should have given him one more year at least. Mistake!![/p][/quote]Move on mate get over Orlandi to injury prone, great when fit, but more injured than fit, JeffLomer
  • Score: 6

8:35pm Fri 8 Aug 14

mark by the sea says...

Mark Dixon wrote:
Why are we hearing this from Greer now, he has been with us for a few years
It's interesting he names Gus as one of the parts why he came here, I wonder if Burke could have achieved the same result?
I would think anyone turning the lights off as he leaves rooms would make you wonder! Lol
[quote][p][bold]Mark Dixon[/bold] wrote: Why are we hearing this from Greer now, he has been with us for a few years[/p][/quote]It's interesting he names Gus as one of the parts why he came here, I wonder if Burke could have achieved the same result? I would think anyone turning the lights off as he leaves rooms would make you wonder! Lol mark by the sea
  • Score: -5

9:33pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Ex-pat Arnie says...

mark by the sea wrote:
ringtone wrote:
Ex-pat Arnie wrote:
"I know some people look at players and think they follow the money and go where ever they want but it's not quite as easy as that."

That's a comment that will be either ignored or derided by several regulars on here.
Nobody wanted Dunk even Hull.

But he gets rewarded with a 4 year contract.

Why give him the security that will further stagnate his football career.

Another masterstroke from our fantastic head of football.
I actually agree, what has he done on the football field to get a 4 year deal? He won't start tomo at the age of 22, that makes me wonder what is going on?
You two get more and more like our beloved Freeloaders every day. Only one of you is doing it deliberately, though.
[quote][p][bold]mark by the sea[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ringtone[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ex-pat Arnie[/bold] wrote: "I know some people look at players and think they follow the money and go where ever they want but it's not quite as easy as that." That's a comment that will be either ignored or derided by several regulars on here.[/p][/quote]Nobody wanted Dunk even Hull. But he gets rewarded with a 4 year contract. Why give him the security that will further stagnate his football career. Another masterstroke from our fantastic head of football.[/p][/quote]I actually agree, what has he done on the football field to get a 4 year deal? He won't start tomo at the age of 22, that makes me wonder what is going on?[/p][/quote]You two get more and more like our beloved Freeloaders every day. Only one of you is doing it deliberately, though. Ex-pat Arnie
  • Score: 5

9:36pm Fri 8 Aug 14

SeagullJay says...

ringtone wrote:
Ex-pat Arnie wrote:
"I know some people look at players and think they follow the money and go where ever they want but it's not quite as easy as that."

That's a comment that will be either ignored or derided by several regulars on here.
Nobody wanted Dunk even Hull.

But he gets rewarded with a 4 year contract.

Why give him the security that will further stagnate his football career.

Another masterstroke from our fantastic head of football.
So Premier League Hull do to want our third/fourth choice centre back?

staggering...
[quote][p][bold]ringtone[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ex-pat Arnie[/bold] wrote: "I know some people look at players and think they follow the money and go where ever they want but it's not quite as easy as that." That's a comment that will be either ignored or derided by several regulars on here.[/p][/quote]Nobody wanted Dunk even Hull. But he gets rewarded with a 4 year contract. Why give him the security that will further stagnate his football career. Another masterstroke from our fantastic head of football.[/p][/quote]So Premier League Hull do to want our third/fourth choice centre back? staggering... SeagullJay
  • Score: 2

9:45pm Fri 8 Aug 14

SeagullJay says...

SeagullJay wrote:
ringtone wrote:
Ex-pat Arnie wrote:
"I know some people look at players and think they follow the money and go where ever they want but it's not quite as easy as that."

That's a comment that will be either ignored or derided by several regulars on here.
Nobody wanted Dunk even Hull.

But he gets rewarded with a 4 year contract.

Why give him the security that will further stagnate his football career.

Another masterstroke from our fantastic head of football.
So Premier League Hull do to want our third/fourth choice centre back?

staggering...
do not want even - apologies
[quote][p][bold]SeagullJay[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ringtone[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ex-pat Arnie[/bold] wrote: "I know some people look at players and think they follow the money and go where ever they want but it's not quite as easy as that." That's a comment that will be either ignored or derided by several regulars on here.[/p][/quote]Nobody wanted Dunk even Hull. But he gets rewarded with a 4 year contract. Why give him the security that will further stagnate his football career. Another masterstroke from our fantastic head of football.[/p][/quote]So Premier League Hull do to want our third/fourth choice centre back? staggering...[/p][/quote]do not want even - apologies SeagullJay
  • Score: -1

9:47pm Fri 8 Aug 14

SeagullJay says...

do not want even
apologies
do not want even apologies SeagullJay
  • Score: 0

10:18pm Fri 8 Aug 14

mark by the sea says...

SeagullJay wrote:
ringtone wrote:
Ex-pat Arnie wrote:
"I know some people look at players and think they follow the money and go where ever they want but it's not quite as easy as that."

That's a comment that will be either ignored or derided by several regulars on here.
Nobody wanted Dunk even Hull.

But he gets rewarded with a 4 year contract.

Why give him the security that will further stagnate his football career.

Another masterstroke from our fantastic head of football.
So Premier League Hull do to want our third/fourth choice centre back?

staggering...
Lol you really believe that? So why exactly is he going to be on the bench tomo? That's unless Hughes or Greer are injured ..
Don't believe the spin.
[quote][p][bold]SeagullJay[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ringtone[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ex-pat Arnie[/bold] wrote: "I know some people look at players and think they follow the money and go where ever they want but it's not quite as easy as that." That's a comment that will be either ignored or derided by several regulars on here.[/p][/quote]Nobody wanted Dunk even Hull. But he gets rewarded with a 4 year contract. Why give him the security that will further stagnate his football career. Another masterstroke from our fantastic head of football.[/p][/quote]So Premier League Hull do to want our third/fourth choice centre back? staggering...[/p][/quote]Lol you really believe that? So why exactly is he going to be on the bench tomo? That's unless Hughes or Greer are injured .. Don't believe the spin. mark by the sea
  • Score: -4

10:49pm Fri 8 Aug 14

9 of us says...

Just watched Blackburn V Cardiff, what a bore
We are no worse than either so what's the fuss?
League starts 1st September when each team knows their squad.
Bring it on tomorrow and every Brighton fan do their bit.
Big Al , c u tomorrow and UTA
Just watched Blackburn V Cardiff, what a bore We are no worse than either so what's the fuss? League starts 1st September when each team knows their squad. Bring it on tomorrow and every Brighton fan do their bit. Big Al , c u tomorrow and UTA 9 of us
  • Score: 3

12:27am Sat 9 Aug 14

Seagulldan says...

Greer will miss Upson next to him this season..GG needs to move aside and let dunky learn off Hughes..UTA
Greer will miss Upson next to him this season..GG needs to move aside and let dunky learn off Hughes..UTA Seagulldan
  • Score: 2

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