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GOLDSON'S RETURN

1 September 2016

Albion's defender made his first appearance of the season on Tuesday.


Brighton & Hove Albion defender Connor Goldson was thrilled to make his return in Wednesday’s 2-0 defeat at Southend United in the Checkatrade Trophy.

The 23-year-old featured for just over an hour against the Shrimpers after a frustrating pre-season on the sidelines with a knee injury.

He said, “It feels good to be back. The result was disappointing but it was good to be out there.

“I’m tired generally but my knee felt good. We said I’d do 45 to 60 minutes to see how I felt.

“I said to Rusky (under-23s coach Simon Rusk) that I felt good at half-time and I’d do about another 15, so I’m happy.”

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Goldson explained this game was earmarked for his return last week, with his focus now on building up his match fitness.

“It will take a bit of time to get back and I need to get in as many training sessions as possible.

“I was told last Thursday that I wasn’t going to be involved on Saturday [at Newcastle], and the gaffer wanted me to play some minutes on Tuesday.

“I got some training in on Sunday and then obviously played in the game. Now we will wait and see what happens.”

The centre-half has welcomed the increased competition in defence with the recent arrival of Shane Duffy, and is eager to stake his claim for a place back in the team.

“We’ve got a week of training before the Brentford game and I want to get back into the team as soon as possible.

“There is obviously great competition now, as we have got four good centre-halves.

“It is going to be a challenge and one I’m ready for.”

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