Date: 18th August 2017 at 11:46am
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Centre half Shane Duffy has said signing a contract extension with Brighton yesterday was a ‘no brainer’ as far as he was concerned.

Penning a new four year long term deal at the Amex, Duffy gave his reaction to the Official Site this morning and he believes the added stability of a new deal will only help his progression as a player.

Having signed for the club last summer, he made 32 appearances in his maiden campaign as we won automatic promotion to the Premier League and with his contract sorted, he’s pleased he can just focus on Premier League football moving forward.

‘We had a good season last year, and to take it into this year with a new contract, I`m absolutely delighted. The club were happy to give me a new deal after my first season. I loved my first year here, so it was a no brainer. Everyone wants to get settled and I`m no different. Now I can just focus on my football, which is what I want to do. I`ve got stability here and I know where I`m going to be for the next four years. I just want to keep progressing really.’

Having partnered Lewis Dunk in the centre of defence for our Premier League opener against Manchester City, Duffy also felt our performance had produced lots of positives as we adjust to the step up to the top flight, despite the two nil defeat.

‘I enjoyed it, it was a difficult task and I thought we did okay against their quality, which shone through in the end. You`ve got to take your hat off to them; they were clinical, but I enjoyed the day as a whole and the atmosphere surrounding the club, being in the Premier League. It was a team effort from the front and the gaffer set us up to be hard to break down. We had a lot of cover in the positions in front of us. The midfielders worked hard and as a back four we did well, kept a good line. They got through in the end because of two mistakes, but overall it was a more-than-average display. It was a big occasion, but it’s done now and we`ve got to switch our focus to the upcoming games.’

Looking forward to Leicester City this weekend.

‘We want to perform well each week in the Premier League, give it our best shot to stay there and try to progress as a team and football club. There`s a few games before the international break and we`ll see where we are, but it`s slow steps and I think the club knows that.’

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