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UNDER-21S RETAINED LIST

31 May 2016

Three under-21 players have signed new deals.


Three Brighton & Hove Albion under-21 players have extended their contracts ahead of the 2016/17 campaign.

Defender Rob Hunt and midfielder Joe Ward have agreed to extend their contracts until the end of next season, while Tom Dallison has signed for a further two years.

Meanwhile, midfielder Jesse Starkey has also been offered a one-year extension.

Academy manager John Morling said, “It’s great for someone like Rob Hunt, who has been here for five years and was arguably one of the most consistent players in the under-21 squad.

“He played in the first team during the last pre-season and featured on the bench for the FA Cup game at Hull City.

“Similarly, Tom Dallison had a really good year for the under-21s; he’s also had loan spells at Dartford, Braintree and Crawley.

“Both players will be looking to force their way into the manager’s plans for next season or the next logical step will be to secure a loan move away to a Football League club.

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“We’ll wait until after pre-season to see how they do, but they’re both ready for the Football League. It’s great they’ve signed again and both players have got a really good future.

“Joe had a slightly different path to the other two players. We signed him from Chelmsford and coming from non-league football to professional football is a big step.

“He’s got good pace and is an old-fashioned winger, who gets down the line and gets crosses in. It’s now a good chance for all three players to move up the ladder in their quest to becoming professional footballers.

"Jesse finished the season really well; he's a left-footed central midfielder from Sussex, is technically gifted and will also be looking to make his league debut next season."

Meanwhile, six players have left the club. Josh Smith, Harry Doherty, Chike Kandi, Daniel Akindayini, Robin Deen and Ragnar Mar-Larusson have not been offered new deals.
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