Andrew Crofts has told of his delight at signing for Albion for a second time.

The Welsh international has agreed a three-year deal at The Amex.

Crofts, who was made captain of the Seagulls in 2009-10 by Gus Poyet , returns to Sussex after two impressive campaigns at Norwich City.

He helped the Canaries to promotion from the Championship in 2011 followed by a solid mid-table season in the Premier League last term.

The 28-year-old’s arrival for an undisclosed fee means Poyet has filled one of two key voids in his squad – that of a midfielder with presence.

Crofts told The Argus: “As soon as I heard about the interest from Brighton it was one that really took my fancy.

“I wanted to come back and be part of what the club is looking to do.

"Ever since I moved I have kept in contact wih a lot of people at Brighton.
As soon as my game at Norwich had finished I was straight on the text to see how Brighton were getting on."

Crofts has been linked with a return to Albion throughout the summer.

Poyet said: “When we knew about the possibility to bring him back we worked very hard to do that, and it took a few weeks, but we are very pleased to have him.

"We respected his career and helped him when there was interest from Norwich two years ago, and he went on to become a very good Championship player, as well as proving himself in the Premier League.

"Now I am delighted to have him back and he is going to be a very important player for us. We were always looking to bring experienced players who know this division and the Premiership and Crofty has all of that.”