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HUNT HANDED NEW DEAL

25 October 2016

The young defender has committed his immediate future to the club.


Brighton & Hove Albion defender and academy graduate Rob Hunt has signed an extended new contract until the end of June 2018.

Dagenham-born Hunt has impressed with his performances for the under-23s and in the EFL Cup; he made his Championship breakthrough earlier this season, making his debut as a replacement for Bruno in the 1-0 win at Burton Albion in September.

Manager Chris Hughton said, "I'm delighted for Rob, and it's an example of young players working as hard as they can to develop. He came to us late and he's not one that’s been here since he was 12 years of age, so his development has been a bit later.

"He's a great example that if you are willing to work hard, you can impress and get those opportunities, and he certainly deserves his new contract."

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Hughton will look to send 21-year-old Hunt out on loan in January, and says that the next challenge is to get a run of league appearances under his belt.

He added, "Rob benefited from the injury situation at full-back, but that's what he is here for - to look for opportunities and stake a claim. He's done that and is regularly training with the first team.

"Ultimately, we will look for an opportunity to get him out on loan. Looking at his progress from now, he's a young one, and the ideal situation would be to get him out on loan in January.

"He's had a spell with the first-team, and now he is back playing in the under-23s, but at such a young age, it's tough to not be playing so regularly.

"As part of his development, Rob needs that test of regular senior football, and if we're in a position to loan him out in January, then we will do that."

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