The footballing son of an Albion midfielder has set his sights on following in Dad’s footsteps.

Alexis Bertin had half a season in the Seagulls’ midfield back in League One days at Withdean.

That came to an end when, on agent’s advice, he rejected a contract offer in the hope of entering into negotiation.

Unimpressed Albion immediately decided to look elsewhere – to Bertin’s huge regret.

Now his son Andreas, who turns 17 this month, is making his way at Le Havre, a renowned producer of young talent.

A left-sided midfielder, he is with Le Havre’s under-19s and waiting to sign a first professional contract.

But he also has eyes set on England – and the dream is the Amex.

Bertin, who played with plenty of style at the base of Dean Wilkins’ midfield diamond in 2007, has brought his son to the stadium to see matches.

He said: “The dream is to play for Brighton in the Premier League.

“The atmosphere, the support, the fantastic crowd there is at Brighton – brilliant!”

Asked what advice he would give Andreas, Bertin referred to his contract blunder and said: “Not to make the same stupid mistakes as his father.”

There is not a huge family resemblance between the two footballers.


Alexis said: “I was a warrior, a combatant, but he has other qualities.

“He’s quick and he can score goals! Also, he is left-footed.

“He might have a chance. He is very serious about it.”