Huddersfield Town fans may have taken only a passing interest in keeper David Stockdale’s £1m transfer from Fulham to Brighton.
But the 28-year-old from Leeds was with Town as a youngster and also had a spell on loan to Wakefield-Emley from York City in 2005.
Stockdale came through the York Academy system and also played for Darlington before joining Fulham in 2008.
He was working as a groundsman at New Farnley Cricket Club when he had his loan spell with Wakefield-Emley, before his release by York.
He played a big part in Hull’s promotion from the Championship in two loan spells two seasons ago.
He has now signed a three-year contract with Brighton and says he is targeting an immediate return to the Premier League with Sami Hyypia’s side.
“I’ve had a look around and seen what the club is trying to do,” said Stockdale, who is married with three children.
“The facilities here, with the training ground and stadium, are state-of-the-art. I spoke to the manager, David Burke and Paul Barber, and they all want to go in one direction and that’s the Premier League.
“I already know Antti (Niemi) very well from when he was at Fulham and that is another draw for me: working with someone I know. He was a great goalkeeper when he was playing and I know can learn from him as well.
“Albion have got a lot of history and they’ve come such a long way in the last five years, and after speaking to everyone at the club I was delighted to come.
“Everyone spoke about where the club’s heading and the manager said we’re a club with Premier League facilities, and we’re now striving to get there as a team.
“When someone comes to you and says they want you to be a part of that and we’re willing to pay a significant fee, and then help you on our way with the facilities and infrastructure, how can you turn down a chance to play at a club like this?
“It’s nice for Brighton to show faith in me as a player. They’ve paid an awful lot of money for me and hopefully I can pay it back and help the club get into the Premier League next year.”
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