Brighton Complete Matthew Upson Signing

Veteran defender signs on for one year.

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Brighton and Hove Albion have signed Matthew Upson on a one year deal, Sky Sports reports.

The 34-year-old spent the latter half of the season on loan with the Seagulls and has been offered a permanent deal following his release from Stoke City last month.

Upson helped the south coast side reach the play off final, making 20 appearances and contributing to a airtight defence that conceded just 15 goals during his time at the Amex Stadium.

David Burke, Brighton’s head of football operations, said: “We are delighted that Matt has agreed to come back to the club. His experience is fantastic and it really shows our intent by bringing in someone of Matt’s pedigree.

“It’s not like he’s a new signing because he’s been with us for almost six months and he knows exactly what we are all about.

“He brings continuity and stability to the defence, which is what we were looking for, and it bodes well for us to keep the strong defence that we had last season.

“His experience will bring more impact to the players as he spends more time with them, particularly during pre-season, which is a key time for tactics and strategies to be embedded into the players. Matt has experienced that at the highest level.

“We finished with the best defensive record in the league and we will build on that for the coming season.”

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