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18 December 2018

Paul Hazlewood
Albion under-23 defender George Cox.

Brighton & Hove Albion under-23 defender George Cox expressed his delight after signing a contract extension with the Seagulls, and believes the past year has helped him mature as a person and player.

The 20-year-old furthered his stay on the south coast until June 2020 after signing a new deal this morning, and he’s now focused on continuing his development after a 2018 that included both highs and lows.

He said, “I’m delighted to get the new contract sorted. It’s good for a player of my age to have some stability — I can get my head down and focus on my football.

“It’s been a gradual process since retuning from my heart operation, but I feel as though I’m getting back into my rhythm now. It’s been good to get some games under my belt.

“I’ve matured as a person and as a player, both on and off the pitch. I’ve grown up towards everything over the past year.”

Cox, who played every league game for the Seagulls last season, looked back fondly on the 2-0 play-off victory over Aston Villa, which sealed Albion’s spot in the top flight of under-23 football.

“Promotion was 100% my favourite moment of 2018 — that’s up there as one of the best feelings I’ve had in my football career so far.

“It was an amazing day. We put in so much hard work, and to win promotion via the play-offs was an even better way to do it in my opinion.

“It inspired me for the future — you want to be playing that kind of game at Wembley!”

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