Zesh Rehman has revealed he turned down other clubs to repay a debt of gratitude to Albion.
Rehman is back at Withdean on loan from Championship strugglers Queens Park Rangers for the rest of the season, three years after the Seagulls borrowed him from Fulham.
"The manager (John Gregory) told me I wasn't allowed to go to another Championship club but I had an opportunity to go on loan to a couple of other clubs," Rehman said.
"As soon as I found out Brighton wanted me I thought I owe the club, because they were the first to give me regular first team football.
"I've got great memories of my time here before. The club and the fans have had a special place in my heart ever since, so I couldn't really turn it down."
Albion swooped to complete the signing of the versatile Rehman, just ten minutes before Thursday's loan transfer deadline, with captain Dean Hammond and Joe O'Cearuill troubled by injuries and Adam El-Abd on the verge of suspension.
He has played at rightback, centre half and in midfield for Rangers and the 23-year-old Brummie, who made 21 Premiership appearances for Fulham, is ready to fill in where required.
"Where ever Dean Wilkins wants me to play I will play there," he said. "I am here to help Brighton out. I'll play in goal if he wants me to. If needed today I am ready.
"I played every game for the first six and a half months at Rangers but I haven't played for a month or so now.
"This is an opportunity to keep my match fitness up and hopefully come and do well for Brighton.
"I've got two years left on my contract so I want to get some games under my belt and kick on.
"I was aware that the youngsters were coming through the last time I was here, so it is nice to see that they have been given an opportunity to show what they can do.
"By all accounts they have done well and I am looking forward to getting in amongst it."