Brighton and Hove Albion have announced that Gary Dicker is returning to the club as an over-age player in their U23s system, alongside coaching responsibilities.

The 34-year-old midfielder made more than 150 appearances for Brighton earlier in his career and worked his way up to captain in five years at Kilmarnock. He left earlier this summer following the club’s relegation to the cinch Championship.

Dicker has returned to Brighton.

Dicker has returned to Brighton. (Photo by Ross MacDonald / SNS Group via Getty Images)

Dicker’s role will be similar to his former Brighton teammate Andrew Crofts, who mentored and coached young players at the Premier League club before being named U23s head coach.

Brighton technical director Dan Ashworth explained said: “We wanted to continue with the mentoring role, via an overage player in the under-23s, as it proved very successful with Andrew Crofts in that role.

“When we had conversations about who might come into the role Gary stood out because of his links to the club, his interest in coaching and because he’s still got a lot to offer as a player, both in terms of what he can bring to the team and the positive influence he can have on the other players.”

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