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HUGHTON KEEN TO KEEP BUILDING

4 July 2015



Brighton & Hove Albion boss Chris Hughton says there's still work to do in terms of recruitment - although he's been pleased with the three additions he's already made to his first-team squad.

Liam Rosenior, Tomer Hemed and Gaetan Bong have all signed in the past fortnight, but Hughton wants the bulk of his new acquisitions in place for a busy first month of the new season.



Hughton said, "We still need to bring players in, we're very conscious that we lost five loan players at the end of last season and three players out of contract that we didn’t renew.

"We have to replace them and it soon hits you when you see the fixture list. If we were to win the Southend cup game, it would give us seven games in 23 days.

"That's where you need the squad and it hits home how tough this league is. We knew we needed to recruit and the recruitment department have been working very hard, so we're very confident that we’ll have other players in the forthcoming weeks.

"Ideally we want to do that as early as possible, although it does not always happen that way.

"In recent years the majority of the business has been done in the last few weeks of the window, but I would like to think it won’t be that late."

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Hughton met with the media after training on Friday and was quizzed on the goalkeeping situation, and asked if he still plans to loan out young keeper Christian Walton.

He added, "It's one that we're still going over, but we will be bringing a goalkeeper in, predominantly to allow Christian to go out on loan. 

"We feel he has got a very bright future and what he has had is experience of being on the bench and playing three games in the past season.

"It's been a great experience for him, but 95 per cent of the time was the experience of being on the bench, which is different to playing or playing elsewhere.

"He needs that for his development and for our development. It benefits the club and him to go out on loan this season."



This season Albion's keepers will work with new coach Ben Roberts, who recently returned to the club from Charlton to replace Antti Niemi.

"I was delighted to bring in Ben and I must admit I took my time," added Hughton. "I wanted to go through a correct process to bring someone in and I knew of Ben before, but didn’t know him personally.

"Everybody I spoke to, spoke very highly of him. When I had the opportunity to meet and interview him, he was someone I took a liking to straight away.

"It's nice he's back, but more importantly it's the role he has here and it's a very important one."

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