Albion Retain Nine From Play-Off Winning Under 23s

Brighton have announced new deals for nine members of their under-23 side.

Ben Barclay, Will Collar, Archie Davies, Danny Mandroiu, Owen Moore and Max Sanders have all been rewarded with new contracts, with Albion also taking up the option to extend the contracts of Henrik Bjordal, Billy Collings and Ben Hall.

Academy manager John Morling said, “They’ve all deserved their new deals after a positive season, and we hope to see them continue their progression with the club.

“Some of the players may go on loan next season, but some will remain with the under-23s. They’ve fully earned their new deals, good luck to them and we’ll see how far they can go at Brighton.”

Meanwhile, David Ajiboye, Jonah Ayunga, Tyler Forbes, Dessie Hutchinson, Reece Meekums and Rian O’Sullivan have not been offered new deals; while defender Tom Dallison has already agreed to join Falkirk.

Morling added, “This is always the worst part of the season, but unfortunately these tough decisions have to be made.

“We thank them for their contributions to the club and wish them all the best for the future and we’ll keep in contact with them over the coming years.

“Hopefully they move on to a new stage of their career. It’s certainly not the end, it’s just a new chapter for them.” 

Simon Rusk's side sealed promotion to Premier League 2 Division 1 last Saturday with a 2-0 victory against Aston Villa in the Premier League 2 Play-Off Final at Villa Park.

Rusk has also selected ten players to represent the Seagulls at this weekend's Soccer Sevens tournament in Hong Kong.

Robert Sanchez, Alex Cochrane, George Cox, Josh Kerr and Warren O’Hora, Steven Alzate, Mandroiu, James Tilley, Aaron Connolly and Viktor Gyokeres will head to Asia to take part in the 16-team tournament.

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