Seagulls will not go crazy in the transfer market after securing return to the top-flight under Chris Hughton
TONY BLOOM has hit the £200million jackpot after Brighton won a first-ever promotion to the Premier League.
But the Albion chairman insists the club will not go cash crazy in the transfer market next season.
Instead, the Seagulls will stick to the prudent approach that has served them so well in the last few seasons – and which ended up landing the big prize on Easter Monday.
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The 47-year-old said: “The amounts of money in the Premier League does equalise things a bit. Money is spent every season at every single club.
“We have to strengthen, that goes without saying.
“But we’re not looking to spend huge amounts. We’ll do things on a gradual basis as we have done.
“We have good players already, and we want to strengthen from that position.”
Perhaps the pick of those good players is Anthony Knockaert, winner of the Championship Player of the Year award.
Albion fended off interest from elsewhere – rejecting a cheeky £6million bid from promotion rivals Newcastle in the summer – to keep hold of the French flyer.
And Bloom revealed it was easy to convince Knockaert to stay put as the 15-goal star loves life at the South Coast club.
Bloom said: “Over the last 18 months it’s been a pleasure watching him. He scores goals and creates goals, and has that X-factor.
“Anthony Knockaert loves Brighton and playing for this club, so that was easy (to keep him). We wanted to keep him. That was one of our easier ones.
“There were one or two more difficult ones, but we were desperate to keep the main players who had done so well last season.
“We set our stall out that’s what we wanted to do.”
Brighton’s return to the top flight after a 34-year exile is made all the more remarkable given 20 years ago they almost dropped out of the Football League altogether.
Robbie Reinelt’s equaliser against Hereford on the final day of the 1996-97 season kept them up.
It explained the outpour of emotion at the end of the Wigan game on Monday, where Bloom led the celebrations along with the players in front of a pitch-invaded Amex.
The supremo added: “Myself and the 30,000 people at the game – some of them weren’t alive 20 years back – will feel elated that we’re now in the Premier League.
“We were this close to going out of the Football League. What would the future have held if we were in the Conference without a ground?”
Asked what Brighton will bring to the Premier League, Bloom replied: “A great city, a great fan base, an amazing stadium sold out every game, and hopefully on the pitch we will do the city and our supporters proud.”