Steve Sidwell's Albion career is over.

The experienced midfielder has announced his departure on social media after back and ankle operations prevented him playing any part for the Seagulls in the Premier League in the final year of his contract.

Sidwell, 35, said on his Twitter account: "The Brighton chapter has now officially closed.

"My only aim when I joined was to get the club in the Premier League for the first time in its history and I'm proud to say I played my part in achieving this.

"I'd like to thank Tony Bloom, the board, manager, staff and players for making my time here again very special and I will watch on with every hope you stay in the top flight.

"But most of all I want to thank you the FANS. All of this was for you and the dream lives on.

"I gave my all for the club and I'm sure you'll agree I left everything out there every game. Thank you again."

Sidwell had two spells with Albion 13 years apart.

He joined them on loan from Arsenal in the Championship under Steve Coppell in 2002-3, scoring five goals in 12 games.

He rejoined the Seagulls from Stoke in January 2016, initially on loan and then permanently the following season, after 200 Premier League appearances for the Potters, Fulham, Aston Villa, Chelsea and Reading.

Sidwell made 34 appearances last season as Albion were promoted from the Championship, including the goal of the season from long range at Bristol City.

In total across his two spells he scored seven goals in 68 outings.