Hammond back with Seagulls
Brighton and Hove Albion,
Dean Hammond has rejoined hometown club Brighton on a one-year loan from Southampton.
The 29-year-old came through Albion's youth set-up and made his senior debut in 2000 before being appointed captain at the age of 23 prior to joining Colchester. He then led Southampton to back-to-back promotions. Boss Gus Poyet told seagulls.co.uk: "He knows the club, he has experience, he has presence and he knows the division. He's a winner and he has quality. "We have a lot of quality in our midfield. We need that presence in midfield. The fact it was Brighton helped him make a decision. It's important that the fans know how much he wanted to come back. "He is a real man. We wanted that extra experience and presence on the pitch and in the dressing room. He shows what we were looking for. We didn't know he was available and as soon as we knew there was a small chance we went for it and waited for it to happen."