Brighton & Hove Albion defender Ben White is delighted to see the results for his hard work after loan spells at Newport County and Peterborough United, ahead of the 21-year-old’s latest move to Sky Bet Championship side Leeds United.
After signing a one-year contract extension with the Seagulls, the defender secured a season-long loan move to Elland Road, as he makes another step up the football pyramid following periods in the third and fourth tiers.
White will join up with Marcelo Bielsa’s team for the 2019/20 campaign, but the 21-year-old was initially delighted to put pen to paper on a new deal in Sussex.
He said, “It’s really nice to secure another year at this football club. I’ve been here for six years now, and it shows that all my hard work is paying off and that’s great to see.
“I knew Leeds were interested about 18 months ago, when I was at Newport, and they’ve obviously been keeping track of me.
“It’s a massive football club, but I haven’t really thought too much about it yet — I’m not the sort of person to get too ahead of myself.”
White made 16 appearances for Peterborough after featuring 42 times for Newport during his first loan move, and he highlighted the lessons taken from beneficial experiences at senior level.
“I’ve learnt so many things from going out on loan, such as playing against different players every week, who are usually big and strong," he continued.
“I’ve had to use what I’m good at, because I’m not going to be stronger and faster than everyone. It’s about working out the ways to beat someone.
“My concentration has improved and I’ve developed in the air. I’ve played in some really important games and decision making is vital in those.
“It’s been a great experience and I’m now looking forward to going to Leeds and getting started up there.”