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FAMILIAR FACES AT EUROS SHOWS CLUB'S PROGRESS

20 June 2016

Albion's CEO was delighted to see the club represented at international level.


Paul Barber told seagulls.co.uk that seeing Brighton & Hove Albion’s Jiri Skalak appear at Euro 2016 is another sign of the huge progression the club has made on and off the field in recent years.
 
Skalak played 67 minutes of Czech Republic’s eventful 2-2 draw with Croatia, becoming the first-ever Albion player to play at the European Championships.

Former Seagulls, Aaron Hughes and Stephen Ward, have represented Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland respectively at the summer tournament.


 
Barber told seagulls.co.uk, “Since moving to the Amex, we have seen many players representing their countries.

“Not that long ago our club was famously playing at a converted athletics stadium plying its trade in the third tier of English football, but now we are talking about current and former players playing on one of the game's biggest stages and it is fantastic to see.
 
“It is a real sign of how our club has grown and developed and it is also testament to the quality of players we have been able to attract over the past few years.

"On behalf of everyone at the club, I would like to congratulate Jiri on making his major tournament debut as well as making club history, and look forward to more of our players following in his footsteps in the future.
 
“The World Cup is two years away and with the direction the club is going in, I am very hopeful that we will see more Albion players on the global stage."

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Back on home soil, Barber said the club will be keeping a keen eye on the tournament as they continue to plan for next season, but says the fact the competition is taking place doesn’t alter their recruitment process.
 
“The vast majority of professional clubs across the world will be watching the Euros and with eight extra teams in this tournament, the pool of talent on show is bigger than ever, so Chris [Hughton] and our recruitment team will be watching closely.
 
“Of course, if the right player and right deal is there for us then we will look at it, but overall nothing changes as our recruitment team watches players throughout the year, regardless of whether there is a summer international tournament or not.”

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