Albion youngsters sign new deals

James Tilley celebrates scoring against Barnet in the Carabao Cup. Picture by Phil Westlake (PW Sporting Photography)

Two members of Albion's under-23 squad have signed new contracts with the club.

Defender George Cox, who has been with Brighton from under-11 level, has penned a new two-year deal. while forward James Tilley, who has been with the Seagulls from the under-12 age group, has agreed a three-year deal.

Tilley made his senior debut for the club in the 0-0 Championship draw with Middlesbrough in May 2015, and scored his first goal in the 1-0 Carabao Cup victory over Barnet in August.

Cox has appeared in all six of Albion’s Premier League 2 fixtures so far this season, as well as the Checkatrade Trophy matches against MK Dons and Oxford United.

Brighton under-23 coach Simon Rusk said: “I am delighted that both George and James have committed their immediate futures to the club.

“Both players have progressed well in recent years, and shown a tremendous desire to improve and make the next step up to first-team football.

“They are both local lads and it is very pleasing to see them rewarded for all their hard work.”

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