Seven of Brighton & Hove Albion’s under-18s squad have been offered development contracts.
Goalkeeper Robert Sanchez (17), defenders Ben Barclay (18) and Dylan Barnett (18), midfielders Dessie Hutchinson (18), Will Collar (18) and Connor Tighe (18) and forward Ragnar Larusson (17) have all graduated through the youth team into Simon Rusk’s under-21 side for the 2015/16 season.
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Academy manager John Morling said, “The under-18s have shown they can produce at this level since moving into the category one league, and the majority of these players have also stepped up to the under-21s at some stage during the last twelve months.
“The benefit of having Simon in charge of the under-21s is that he has coached these players before at under-18 level, which helped us when making our decisions.
“We have seven talented youngsters who have shown signs of developing into the players we believe they can be.
“They still have a long way to go, but now they have the chance to continue growing and we congratulate them on earning their new deals.
“As always, it was another incredibly difficult decision and for those players who haven’t been awarded new deals, we thank them for their hard work during their time with the club.”