Sam Baldock, 28, has signed a new three-year deal at Brighton and Hove Albion, but the attacker knows he’ll be tested in the Premier League.
Having shone at League One Club Milton Keynes in 2011, it appeared that Sam Baldock would become an instant success when West Ham United later signed him. His brief spell at the London club did not work out though and yet getting back to that level with newly-promoted Brighton and Hove Albion means so much to him that it’s great to see him about to finally feature in the top division.
Baldock was an integral part of Chris Hughton’s Championship runner’s up team scoring 11 goals in 31 appearances.
“Last year was probably the pinnacle of my career, and I hope new we can establish ourselves in the Premier League and continue to improve together,” he told Brighton and Hove Albion club website.
Baldock is going to be ecstatic when he walks out on to the pitch at the Amex next season to start his Premier League campaign. League One football and the Premier League are a big distance apart in terms of finance and quality, and its taken Sam Baldock a long time to get back to the top. Still, it should mean more to him than for players that have reached it by transfers to the top flight. Last season’s promotion is an achievement that no one can take away from him or the other Brighton players.
“I’ve been here before [Premier League], but I’ve never played so that’s something I want to get under my belt. I’m untested really, so I could have found my level!” he added.
Like Steve Sidwell, 34, who signed a one-year extension with the club earlier this month, Baldock may not have thought he’d get another shot at playing teams like Manchester City and Arsenal. But Brighton are one club that seem to enjoy having comeback kids in their team.