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8 February 2017

Albion's under-23s' coach is delighted to see the club's young players impress.

Brighton & Hove Albion under-23s’ coach Simon Rusk expressed his satisfaction at the progression of some the club’s young loanees, who are playing in the EFL and at National League level.
Jordan Maguire-Drew continued his impressive form for National League high flyers Dagenham & Redbridge with a stoppage-time winning goal, while Joe Ward scored a brace for Lincoln City in the FA Trophy.
Rob Hunt, who has recently stepped up into Chris Hughton’s first-team squad, played his part in a hard-fought 1-0 victory for Oldham Athletic over Chesterfield in League One.
He said, “I’m delighted for Jordan and Joe, and Rob Hunt had an excellent debut. It’s great that the boys have had an impact on those matches.
“We have the players watched in all of their games if we can. We get dialogue from the players, and their managers and from the respective clubs.
“By all accounts, it was a very pleasing weekend for all of the players that are out on loan, and it’s a great experience for them.”

Rusk believes the experience of going out on loan can be a massive learning curve for his players and backed them to return as improved individuals, but stressed the variety of paths that can lead into first-team football with the Seagulls.  

“Obviously they’ve got to go and show that they can have an impact at first-team level, deal with the psychological side of having to win games and with supporters that might not be as understanding as they would be for an under-23 match.
“It’s about showing you can survive in a first-team environment and then aim to push on into our group, or ultimately force a place into the first team when you return.
“There’s are different routes to getting into the first team; some players go out on loan, but some don’t. If you don’t go out on loan, that doesn’t mean you won’t get into our first team.
“Different players require different things at different stages of their development. Going on loan, for some players, is a natural development. Staying in-house and playing for the under-23s, for some players, is equally as natural.”

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