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4 June 2018

Paul Hazlewood
Uwe Huenemeier making his Premier League debut against Everton.

The defender made six appearances for Brighton & Hove Albion during the 2017/18 campaign, and played a pivotal role in helping Chris Hughton’s team reach the quarter-finals of the Emirates FA Cup.

After taking his place on the bench for Albion’s opening six Premier League games of the season, the German replaced Shane Duffy with 17 minutes remaining of the 1-1 draw against Everton at the Amex Stadium.

It proved the only Premier League appearance for the 32-year-old, as Lewis Dunk and Shane Duffy consistently produced eye-catching displays throughout the season to keep the German and Connor Goldson out of the team.

Huenemeier featured in both Carabao Cup games against Barnet and AFC Bournemouth, before playing in FA Cup victories over Crystal Palace, Middlesbrough and Coventry City.

The German also helped the club’s under-23s to four victories throughout the season, including their 3-0 play-off semi-final win against Middlesbrough en route to sealing promotion.

Huenemeier headed home for Simon Rusk’s team against West Bromwich Albion, and also made one appearance in the Checkatrade Trophy against Stevenage at the Lamex Stadium.

FC Paderborn came in at the end of the season to agree a deal to re-sign Huenemeier, and Albion manager Chris Hughton praised the departing defender.

He said, “Uwe has been an outstanding player and professional for this club since the day he arrived, and while we are very sorry that he will leave us this summer, we completely understand his desire to play regularly.

“He played a significant part in our promotion season, as well as the near miss a year earlier. Fans will know about his performances on the pitch, but what they may not be aware of is his consummate professionalism in training and his lifestyle.

“This season his chances have been limited, understandably, but he has still trained at an incredible level, alongside others in a similar position, and if needed, I know I’d have had no qualms about Uwe coming into the side - as he showed for the match against Everton.

“On behalf of the club and also on a personal level, I would like to thank Uwe for his excellent service to this club - he’ll go down in club history as part of the promotion-winning side - and wish him well for the future.”

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