Hughton backs new signings to shine at Brighton

Brighton manager Chris Hughton

The Brighton boss is confident that his side will benefit from the arrivals of Steve Sidwell and Glenn Murray.

Brighton manager Chris HughtonBrighton manager Chris Hughton

Brighton & Hove Albion boss Chris Hughton has told the club's official website that the arrival of Steve Sidwell and Glenn Murray will bring some much needed experience to his side, as they bid to once again challenge for promotion from the Championship.

Having missed out on promotion to the Premier League on the final day of last season, Hughton is keen to strengthen his squad ahead of the new campaign, with the club already securing Sidwell on a free transfer and Murray on a season-long loan from AFC Bournemouth.

Brighton's Steve Sidwell in action with Sheffield Wednesday's Kieran Lee

Having expressed his delight at getting both deals done early in the window, Hughton believes both players will help to fill the gaps left by several summer departures.

Sidwell played a big part in the Seagulls' promotion push last season, making 18 appearances during an impressive loan spell.

Bournemouth's Glenn Murray scores their first goal

And Hughton is confident the former Chelsea midfielder will have a positive impact on his team this time around, telling the club's official website: "Steve [Sidwell] was an obvious one for us, because he came here in that second period of the season and fitted in very well to the group. We knew of his qualities before he came and certainly as an individual as well.

"That was important, certainly after losing the experience we have done in the players that left last season."

Glenn Murray of Crystal Palace (L) in action with Inigo Calderon of Brighton

The arrival of Murray has also delighted Hughton, who has identified attacking reinforcements as the main priority for the new campaign.

He added: “With the departure of Bobby Zamora and James Wilson at the end of last season, we knew we wanted to bring in someone in that area. To have done that business for Glenn this early in pre-season will hopefully be a big plus for us."

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