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Brighton Journal | 23rd January 2020

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Two new signings over the line for the Albion

Two new signings over the line for the Albion
Christy Hall
  • On 27th June 2019

It has been an exciting week at the AMEX stadium, the summer is finally hotting up for the Seagulls and their transfer activity. Two signatures which we have previously reported were on the cards have been delivered: Matt Clarke from Portsmouth and Leandro Trossard from Genk. Clarke was confirmed last week and Belgian winger Trossard was unveiled on Tuesday.

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Clarke, an imposing central defender who captained our south coast rivals Pompey last season, has arrived for an undisclosed fee on a four year deal. Similarly, powerful winger Trossard also captained the Belgian table-toppers last term and the financial details of his deal also remain undisclosed. Both have considerable pedigree and fans will see both signings as a step in the right direction; the board seem to be backing new manager Graham Potter’s wishes.

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The man at the helm had this to say about the two new recruits, “At 22, Matt has already played a good number of games in the EFL. His challenge now is to compete with our existing centre-halves — an area where we have a lot of competition — and break into our first team. We are delighted to welcome Leandro to the club and excited about the impact he can have for us. He’s an attack-minded player who had a very impressive season last year in helping Genk win the league title.” There will be a feelgood vibe around the club now and everyone will be hoping there are more new arrivals to come before preseason friendlies begin next month.

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Local fan Jared Evans commented on the new faces, “Trossard is a great signing although surely another winger must now give way. I’m concerned that we still haven’t addressed the need for two new defenders and a forward. But I’m optimistic the club will come up with the goods.”

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More good news came this morning to top up the euphoria surrounding the new signings. Club officials have announced that a three-year extension has been agreed with Nike to continue the existing sponsorship deal. The sportswear giants will supply playing and training kit for the Albion’s men’s and women’s teams, the under-23 men’s, under-21 women’s, and boys’ and girls’ academy sides. Albion’s head of commercial, Russell Wood, said, “We have enjoyed an excellent relationship with Nike since they became our technical supplier in 2014 and, in addition to our players benefiting from world-class sporting apparel, we have seen our replica shirt sales grow year on year.” New additions Clarke and Trossard will hopefully don the famous blue and white in next month’s friendlies – starting off with a trip to Crawley on July 19th.


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