Date: 14th June 2016 at 11:54am
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Brighton have this morning confirmed the arrival of Motherwell defender Ben Hall.

The 19 year old centre half joins the club for an undisclosed fee, signing a two year deal to join up with Simon Rusk’s under 21 squad for the coming campaign as he continues his development.

Rusk said of the Northern Ireland youth international Official Site.

‘Ben is a highly-rated young central defender, and was a regular for Motherwell in the second half of last season, playing 19 times for their first team. He’s a good athlete and footballer, but first and foremost a good defender. He has had that grounding of playing senior football in the Scottish Premier League with Motherwell. He will begin the season with our under-21 squad, but his challenge, along with the others, is to push on and progress into our first-team squad.’

Manager Chris Hughton was tasked for his thoughts as well about the defender for the future, and he explained.

‘Ben is an excellent young prospect and he made his breakthrough into the first team at Motherwell in the second half of last season. For Ben, his challenge is not only to progress but to be ready to make that step up into the first-team squad. With no option of short-term loans, that is the challenge for each and every member of our under-21 squad. They need to be ready mentally and physically to make that step up at any point in the season, as should we have an injury or suspension, that’s where we will need to draw our cover from.’

Hughton added.

‘While Connor Goldson had that bit more experience when he arrived last summer, his rapid progression in the second half of last season proves just how quickly players can and will progress at this club. A regular in the under-21s during the first half of the season, he was ready and grabbed his chance with both hands; he kept our captain and a current international out of the team, and deservedly won Young Player of the Season.’

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