Date: 7th September 2016 at 4:27pm
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Centre half Lewis Dunk yesterday put pen to paper on a new five year deal with Brighton.

Heavily tipped with a move away over the transfer window with a number of clubs reportedly linked with him in the media, hopefully that brings all speculation about the 24 year old to an end now.

Speaking to the Official Site after Dunk signed on until the summer of 2021, manager Chris Hughton explained.

‘Lewis has been exceptional for me since I arrived at the club. His form was excellent last season, and has begun this campaign in the same way. He thoroughly deserves this new contract and I’m really pleased for him, and the club, as he is a key player for us. We are delighted we have been able to extend his contract.’

Speaking himself after penning the new terms, Dunk said hopefully it was just the start to what would be a very good season for the club, following the double promotion disappointment last season.

‘It is great to have put pen to paper but promotion is all I am really focused on, and I am hoping this is where a memorable season begins. Last year left a bitter taste in the mouth so I am more determined than ever to make sure we are the ones celebrating next May. I have been at this club for many years and come through the youth ranks, so to reach the Premier League with Brighton would be extra special for me considering how far I have come personally. Having started at Withdean, sometimes you have to double take when you realise where we are now, but we are in a fantastic position to make the next step.’

As for the speculation over the summer, he added.

‘Of course it is nice to hear other clubs are interested, because it means you are doing something right. But Brighton have supported me throughout the years both on and off the field, so it wasn`t a hard decision to commit my long-term future. Now the window is closed, my new deal is signed and we have kept the core of last year`s squad together, we can get back to business, starting with what we hope will be another important three points this Saturday.’

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