Baldock commits to Seagulls

Sam Baldock

Brighton & Hove Albion striker Sam Baldock is delighted to have signed a contract extension and can't wait to test himself in the Premier League.

The 28-year-old former MK Dons, West Ham and Bristol City forward, netted 11 goals in 31 league games last season as the Seagulls secured their promotion from the Championship.

And now having been rewarded with a new, three-year deal, Baldock says he hopes he can continue to improve, having reached the "pinnacle" of his career last season.

Speaking to the club's official website, he said: "As soon as the club made noises that they wanted to extend my contract it was always in my head that this is where I want to be.

"Last season was probably the pinnacle of my career, and I hope now we can establish ourselves in the Premier League and continue to improve together."

He added: "A three-year deal means you feel wanted and that the club want you to stay for that amount of time. You feel that they can continue to improve you as a player, because there’s always more steps to climb.

“I’ve been there before [Premier League] but I’ve never played, so that’s something that I want to get under my belt. I’m untested really, so I could have found my level!

“Individually, it was my best season, and obviously collectively, it was the best season for the club as well. We want to improve on that now and see where we can go.”

Brighton manager Chris Hughton added: "We are delighted that Sam has agreed a new deal with us.

"He has been a key member of the squad since he arrived at the club and this new contract is recognition of his contribution over the last couple of seasons.

"He's also a great professional and a good character in the dressing room, so we are pleased he will be with us for the next few seasons."

Former Brighton boss Sami Hyypia signed Baldock in 2014 after he was crowned the League One Golden Boot winner for his goals with Bristol City.