Brighton & Hove Albion have confirmed that forward Glenn Murray has agreed to extend his contract with the Seagulls until 2021.
Glenn Murray Signs New Brighton & Hove Albion Deal
Experience Will Prove Vital
Murray’s experience at the top level will prove vital for Brighton during the second half of the season, as they look to stay away from the relegation zone.
Under new manager Graham Potter, the 36-year-old has seen his minutes on the pitch cut. Last season saw him play all of Brighton’s 38 Premier League games, whereas this season he has featured in just 17, starting only four of them.
However, he will prove a useful addition in the second half of their campaign. He scored 29 times across the last two seasons, an impressive feat for a striker of his age.
Brighton are currently sitting precariously above the relegation zone. They sit on 26 points, just two points ahead of West Ham United in 18th place.
What Was Said
Speaking about his striker agreeing to a new deal to the official Brighton website, Potter said: “I’m delighted Glenn’s agreed this new contract, and it’s one he deserves. He’s got it because of what he can bring to the team and squad.
“Everyone knows what Glenn brings to this club, and he’s an important member of the squad — on and off the pitch — and he showed that in abundance on Saturday at West Ham.
“I’ve always said he’s got a big part to play here. He’s happy and settled here, he loves this club, and he’s been the ultimate professional on and off the pitch. He keeps himself in fantastic shape and that takes great dedication.”
Meanwhile, the 36-year-old said that he needs to stay fit in order to keep his place in the Brighton side, having started their 3-3 draw with West Ham last time out.
“I’m just looking forward to the second half of the campaign now – all I need to do from my personal perspective is make sure I’m fit and ready to go when the gaffer needs me.
“It was nice to be back in the side and on the scoresheet at the weekend, I’ve been working hard on the training field and doing some extra running and finishing drills with Neal [Maupay] and Aaron [Connolly].
“Thankfully I got my chance at the weekend, lasted the full game and got the goal as well.”