Danny Welbeck has signed a contract extension for another season with Brighton and Hove Albion, the club have confirmed.
The 30-year-old was approaching the end of his contract, which was an initial one-year deal. But after scoring six goals and adding three assists during his debut campaign, he has earned an extension. His new deal will run until the end of the 2021-22 season.
The former England international’s time with Brighton will now extend into a second year.
Welbeck recorded his best goals tally of a Premier League season since 2013-14, when he netted nine times for Manchester United, last season. Having rediscovered his better form, he is looking forward to continuing.
“I’ve really enjoyed my time here so far – happiness is key,” he told the club website. “Being at a club where I am really enjoying playing my football, playing under the manager, his style of play and the good people around the club, it just feels right.
“I’ve got the foundation now, that understanding of the group. You come to a new club and you’re learning about how things work, where you can fit in and what you need do to impact games. We developed that towards the back end of the season and I want to be pushing on and giving much, much more.
“It’s important to feel appreciated and feel settled. Once you’re happy you can focus on doing your work, making sure you’re ready for training and games. Everything builds from there and it’s a good platform to start.”
Potter delighted to keep Welbeck
Brighton did not score as many goals as they should have last season. But Welbeck was one of their better performers in that regard. In fact, only Neal Maupay scored more than him.
It is not just for his goalscoring abilities that head coach Graham Potter is pleased to be keeping the former Arsenal man around.
“We’re delighted that he’s with us for next season,” Potter said.
“Danny has demonstrated what is expected of a top professional from the moment he arrived here. As soon as the season finished, extending his stay at the club was a top priority.
“He is a brilliant role model to have around the place and his experience at the very top end of the game is invaluable for helping us continuing to improve as a team.”