Dale Stephens has revealed he hopes to find a new club in January.

The former Albion midfielder revealed he has turned down a handful of offers.

He was released by Burnley in the summer and has since spent time training with Albion and Middlesbrough to maintain fitness.

Stephens said: “I’m still looking for a club. I was fortunate to go back to Brighton for the first three weeks of pre-season and I’ve trained with a couple of other clubs.

“I’ve turned four or five contracts down as I just didn’t feel they were right for me or my family.

“I want the right opportunity rather than just jumping at anything.

“Football clubs chop and change their squads halfway through the season so fingers crossed something falls into place in the next few weeks and I can get back playing.”

Speaking to the Charlton Athletic match programme, the former Addicks and Seagulls man said he enjoyed his tome working under Graham Potter.

He added: “He was fantastic for me, one of the best I’ve worked with.

“They seem to have gone through a similar transition now with Roberto De Zerbi going in.

“The people at the top plan for the long term.

“They’re forward thinking and they’re getting their rewards on the pitch.”

Stephens also had a spell with Southampton as they chased Albion in the League One promotion race in 2010-11.