Andrew Crofts has been confirmed as Brighton Under-23's head coach.

The 37-year-old rejoined Albion in July 2019 to combine a playing role with coaching duties for the under-23s. 

However, after under-23's manager Simon Rusk left in January to join National League side Stockport County as their manager, Crofts and Shannon Ruth stepped up to become the interim head coaches.

But after guiding Albion to a ninth-place in the BPL 2, Crofts has been named as head coach.

While, Ruth has been promoted to senior professional development coach and will continue to work with Crofts. 

During his time with Albion the former Welsh international played 125 games in his two spells on the South Coast, scoring 13 goals.

He also won 29 senior caps for Wales.

Albion's technical director Dan Ashworth said: “We’re delighted that Crofty has accepted this position.

“He is passionate about coaching and developing young players and this is a great opportunity for him. 

“Shannon will now have a wider coaching brief having previously worked with our younger goalkeepers and we wish them every success for the future.”