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By Paul Camillin

Adam Virgo has rejoined Albion on a free transfer from Celtic, three years after leaving the club to sign for the Scottish giants in a £1.5m deal.

The Brighton-born defender has signed a two-year deal with the club after Albion beat off interest from Championship clubs to secure Virgo, who was released from the final year of a four-year deal at the end of last season.

Virgo said, "It feels fantastic to be coming home, now I can't wait to get started. When I knew the club and Micky were interested it was a very easy decision to make.

"There were other offers on the table, but at this stage of my career I need to be playing regular football and I feel I can achieve that with my hometown club. I also feel the Albion are a Championship club in waiting."

Virgo links up with Micky Adams for the fourth time in his career: Adams gave Virgo his Albion debut in 2001, then signed him on loan at Coventry in 2006 and was assistant manager at Colchester United where Virgo spent last season on loan.

Adams said, "I'm delighted to sign a player of Adam's quality. If he can replicate the form he showed in his first spell in an Albion shirt then we will all be very happy."

Dick Knight added, "Second to Ronaldo's proposed move to Real Madrid, it was perhaps the worst kept secret in football that the club were keen to re-sign Adam!

"The rumour mill was right on this occasion as behind the scenes Micky and I have been working hard with Adam and his agent to achieve the deal - in the face of some serious competition - and I am very pleased Adam has agreed to rejoin the club.

"He has already enjoyed success with the Albion, and I am sure he will be keen to replicate that in the very near future."

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