Stephens signs new four-year Brighton deal

Date published: Tuesday 9th May 2017 4:09

Brighton midfielder Dale Stephens has signed a new contract with the newly-promoted club, which will see him remain with the club up until 2021.

Stephens, 27, made 39 appearances for the Seagulls this season as they secured promotion to the Premier League for the first time.

“Dale has been brilliant ever since I arrived at the club,” manager Chris Hughton told the club’s official website.

“It was well documented last summer that he had a desire to play in the Premier League, which was understandable, but he put that to one side, has shown a great level of professionalism and was an integral part of the team which won promotion.

“He has been an absolute pleasure to work with and will be an important part of our squad next season – and most importantly, I’m absolutely thrilled that Dale will now be able to fulfil his dream of playing in the Premier League with Brighton and Hove Albion.”

Stephens, whose previous clubs include Bury and Oldham, joined Brighton in 2011 from Charlton for an undisclosed fee and has scored 13 goals in a total of 100 appearances for the south-coast club.

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