In the latest Brighton news, Shane Duffy has welcomed added competition at the back and feels it will help to move the club in a positive direction.
The Seagulls made their Premier League bow last term and they looked worthy of being in the top flight as they went on to finish 15th with a seven-point cushion to the drop zone.
Chris Hughton kept faith with the majority of his squad which had earned Brighton a place in the Premier League and Duffy was handed plenty of game time in the heart of defence.
Duffy and Lewis Dunk were able to develop their relationship at the back and the duo are expected to be in the starting eleven when the new campaign gets underway.
Hughton’s preference for Duffy and Dunk left Connor Goldson and Uwe Huenemeier out in the cold and they have moved on this summer in search of first-team opportunities with Rangers and Paderborn respectively.
Brighton, who are 17/10 to be relegated with Paddy Power, have already added Nigeria international Leon Balogun to their ranks and he could potentially force his way into Hughton’s plans, while Reading defender Liam Moore is also expected to sign before the transfer window shuts.
Duffy admits the new arrivals will keep him on his toes but insists he is more than happy to welcome extra competition for places.
“The two lads that left didn’t really play much and they wanted to go out and play, which is understandable,” Duffy said.
“Connor had a couple of big issues which set him back and Uwe had a big injury too.
“We’ve got two new centre-backs now, which is great.
“It keeps you on your toes and pushes you and I am looking forward to the challenge.
“It’s a new boost to not let your standards drop and it will try and push both us to keep our shirts.
“But football changes from season to season and you can’t take anything for granted.
“You’ve got to work hard at it.”