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DUFFY PLEASED WITH ADDED STABILITY

18 August 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Shane Duffy on defensive duty.

Brighton & Hove Albion defender Shane Duffy has described the decision to sign a new four-year deal as a "no brainer", and believes having the added stability of a long-term deal will help in his continued progression as a player.

Duffy signed for the Seagulls at the beginning of last season, making 32 appearances during the club’s promotion-winning campaign, and he’s now looking forward to focusing on his football in the Premier League.

He said, “We had a good season last year, and to take it into this year with a new contract, I’m absolutely delighted. The club were happy to give me a new deal after my first season. I loved my first year here, so it was a no brainer.

“Everyone wants to get settled and I’m no different. Now I can just focus on my football, which is what I want to do. I’ve got stability here and I know where I’m going to be for the next four years. I just want to keep progressing really.”

The Irishman partnered Lewis Dunk in the heart of Albion’s defence against Manchester City last weekend, and despite losing 2-0, Duffy drew on the positives from the opening day fixture.

“I enjoyed it, it was a difficult task and I thought we did okay against their quality, which shone through in the end. You’ve got to take your hat off to them; they were clinical, but I enjoyed the day as a whole and the atmosphere surrounding the club, being in the Premier League.

“It was a team effort from the front and the gaffer set us up to be hard to break down. We had a lot of cover in the positions in front of us. The midfielders worked hard and as a back four we did well, kept a good line.

"They got through in the end because of two mistakes, but overall it was a more-than-average display. It was a big occasion, but it's done now and we’ve got to switch our focus to the upcoming games.”

The Seagulls travel to Leicester City tomorrow, for their first away game of the season, and Duffy showed his understanding towards the gradual process of adapting to life in the Premier League.

“We want to perform well each week in the Premier League, give it our best shot to stay there and try to progress as a team and football club. There’s a few games before the international break and we’ll see where we are, but it’s slow steps and I think the club knows that.”


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