Date: 23rd July 2015 at 9:12pm
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Having spoken following the game against Crawley Town last night about being hopeful of adding our key targets before deadline day but not knowing if we could get anybody in ahead of the Nottingham Forest game – Chris Hughton earlier today signed somebody from Real Madrid.

19 year old Scottish Under 19 international Jack Harper has made the move to The Amex from the Spanish giants official today after he completed the details on a new two year deal with us on Tuesday night.

Tuesday afternoon saw him sail through his medical, and a very pleased and delighted Hughton explained to the Official Site.

‘Even at the age of 19, Jack is a well-known name and having spent the past six years at Real Madrid, there is no doubting his pedigree. He has a lot of potential, is a skilful type, with a good eye for goal, and can operate as a striker or playing just off of a striker. We hope we can give him the platform to realise his undoubted potential.’

Hughton went on to say that given the club he arrives at us from, the player clearly has an ‘excellent grounding’ from their Academy system at Real Madrid and he comes in with a great pedigree and potential – as hinted at by both his former club wanting him but also his youth international experience with Scotland as he has caps at under 17 and 19 level and far more is expected from him in the future.

Harper is making his way back to fitness following a knee injury he sustained last year, and it’s said he’s probably eight weeks away from a return to action but that gives him time to settle in, get to know people and the club properly and then hopefully hit the ground running.

The gaffer was clear though he’s another for the future.

‘Jack’s next step is to move up to senior football, but his first priority is to complete his rehabilitation and work to get his match fitness; then challenge to breakthrough into our first-team squad.’

Whether we get to see anything of him, like Vahid Hambo, this year hopefully he’s somebody fans will get to know well in 2016-17 if he develops as Hughton obviously hopes he does.

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