Propper pens farewell message to Seagulls supporters
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Dutch midfielder Davy Propper has written a message to Brighton & Hove Albion supporters after he left the AMEX Stadium this summer.

The 29-year old has rejoined PSV Eindhoven, whom he left to join Brighton for then a club-record fee of around £6million back in 2017.

The midfielder went on to make 121 appearances for the Seagulls, but found opportunities limited last season due to injuries.

'Thank you'

"I want to start off by saying thank you to all the people at the club who helped me and to the fans who showed their support for me throughout my four years at Brighton," he told the club's website.

"I had a great time with the club. I am very happy to have played over 100 games and look back at a lot of the performances we put in and believe we showed great progression as a Premier League team.

"It was tough coming from Holland to England because it is such a big change; the physicality is at a much higher level. The way the game is played here is completely different in terms of intensity and there was a period of adaptation. But we did well from the off and have always proved that we deserve to be at the top level.

'I always felt the supporters' positivity'

"I am very happy to have played 106 times in the Premier League. When you’re in the moment you don’t realise the landmarks that you pass, you always look forward knowing you’ll have time to reflect later on, but now I’ve had the summer to look back, I am very proud.

"I feel I have always had a good relationship with the Brighton fans; the last 18 months have been really tough with COVID-19, but I always felt the supporters' positivity and tried to do my best for them.

"It makes me smile to think of the emotions we went through together – the times when the games were ticking down and we needed the points, and we would always leave it late!

"But winning the games against Manchester United to secure our position for another season, as well as the FA Cup semi-final against Manchester City, they were really great times and to feel the atmosphere was amazing. They are the moments that I will remember.

'I've made friends for life'

"Last year wasn’t good for me personally with injuries, but I got a lot of help from the club to pull through those difficult moments. I could never say anything bad about the staff or players, I am proud to have known them and played alongside them.

"Football is difficult, people go in separate ways, but I have made a few friends for life here. I now have a new challenge and opportunity with PSV, where we will be aiming to win the title and fighting for a place in Europe, but my time with Brighton I will never forget."