Experience at big club like Portsmouth will serve Brighton new boy Matt Clarke well in Premier League

Matt Clarke’s leadership qualities shown at Pompey will hold him in good stead in the Premier League.

Monday, 1st July 2019, 5:13 pm
Matt Clarke has joined Brighton. Picture: Joe Pepler.

Brighton boss Graham Potter believes the experience of operating at a club of the Blues’ stature will serve Clarke well in the top flight.Clarke’s move to the Seagulls for a fee of £4m potentially rising to £5m was finally completed last month. Potter followed the 22-year-old’s progress closely at Fratton Park and saw character traits beyond the defender’s years. He told brightonandhovealbion.com: ‘Matt has played a really big role, with the demands of a big club in League One, trying to get out of the league. ‘He's been their captain, so from a personality perspective he’s played a huge role there considering his age. He's coming to take the next step. ‘We want to try to help him with that in an area where we've got a lot of competition anyway. We are really looking forward to working with him.’

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Matt Clarke has joined Brighton. Picture: Joe Pepler.