Stephens Happy With Seagulls Squad

Stephens Happy With Seagulls Squad

Dale Stephens says the competition for places in Brighton’s first team can only be good for the club. English midfielder Stephens, who arrived at the AMEX Stadium in 2014 from Charlton Atheltic for an undisclosed fee, was restored to the starting line-up for Sunday’s 2-1 home defeat to Chelsea.

The 29-year-old, who started his career at Bury, was making his first start since the 2-1 loss at Cardiff City on November 10, and his outing against the Blues also happened to be his 150th start for the Seagulls.

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Having been kept out of Chris Hughton’s plans in recent weeks, Stephens was happy to be playing again and he believes the extra strength and depth in the squad is a huge positive.

He told The Argus: “We’ve got a good squad. It’s tough for the manager to pick a team. He (Balogun) is in the team now and playing well. In my position too, there’s Biss who has come in and done very well.

“He was probably unfortunate not to play. We are happy with the squad we’ve got and everyone is fighting for each other. It’s nice to have so many starts for one club. I’ve enjoyed my time here and hopefully, I can have many more.”

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