How Brighton Women 'project' attracted Pauline Bremer, Vicky Losada and more impressive signings this summer
It has been a summer of huge change at Brighton. While many clubs made multiple signings - and players of high quality too - it is the Seagulls who have most strongly signalled their intent to compete with the WSL's elite this season with their arrivals.
Speaking to manager Melissa Phillips and a series of players in pre-season, it is just the start of an exciting project at the club, with a rebirth certainly needed after a turbulent 2022/23 season.
After two mid-table finishes and the experienced head of Hope Powell leading the way, it was hoped the Seagulls would be in store for another solid campaign - or even better.
But perhaps the crux of their issues rested on the departure of Maya Le Tissier to Manchester United that summer. There was little in the way of a replacement for one of the league's most promising young defenders.
Goals were not an problem necessarily - scoring 26 times, the eighth-highest in the league - but keeping them out at the other end was. In fact, it was an 8-0 thrashing by Tottenham that saw Powell relieved of her managerial duties after five years with the club.