Young Brighton defenders head out on loan

Two of Brighton & Hove Albion's young defenders have gone out on loan for the rest of the season.

Friday, 4th January 2019, 1:07 pm
Updated Thursday, 10th January 2019, 2:23 pm
Ben Barclay. Picture by PW Sporting Photography

Ben White, an academy product, joined League One promotion-chasing Peterborough last night and Ben Barclay signed for League Two Notts County today.

White spent last season on loan to Newport County, making 42 league appearances and playing a key role in the Welsh side reaching the fourth round of the Emirates FA Cup, where they exited the competition to Tottenham Hotspur in a replay at Wembley Stadium.

The defender has made five Premier League 2 appearances so far this campaign and was also named on the bench for Albion's 1-0 Premier League defeat at Burnley last month.

Brighton manager Chris Hughton said: “This move is one which allows Ben to play regular first-team football at a good level for his development. At this stage of his career it’s important that he continues to gain as much match experience as possible.

“He’s someone who we’ve had around the first-team squad for the first half of the campaign, but with competition for places increased with the return of Dan Burn from Wigan, this gives him the chance to go out and play regular football at a level higher than he experienced last season.”

Barclay has joined Notts County, after under-23 colleague Ben Hall returned to the Seagulls from his loan at Meadow Lane.

It is Barclay's first loan away from Brighton since joining the club from Manchester City in 2013. He made his Albion debut in the Carabao Cup against Southampton earlier this season.

Hughton said: “This is a good move for Ben, and a great opportunity for him to gain his first taste of regular senior football with Notts County.

“He has been in and around the first-team environment during pre-season and the first half of the season, and the chance to go and play first-team football will be ideal for his development.”