CITY can confirm the signing of Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Andrew Crofts on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

The Welsh international midfielder began his career with Gillingham and went to make almost 200 appearances for the Kent club. He also took in loan spells with Peterborough United and Wrexham during his lengthy stint at the Priestfield Stadium.

The 25-year-old joined Brighton & Hove Albion in the summer of 2009 on a free transfer and was almost ever-present for the Seagulls in their 2009-10 League One campaign. Crofts missed just two league games last season and soon established himself as a firm favourite with the fans at the Withdean Stadium. His impressive performances in the Brighton engine-room saw him appointed captain by new boss Gus Poyet who took over at the Withdean in November 2009 and guided the club to League One survival.

An all-action midfielder, Crofts likes to get on the ball and also chipped in with seven goals in all competitions for Albion last season. He has been capped 13 times by Wales.