Ryan's boss Hughton pens new Brighton deal

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Australia goalkeeper Mathew Ryan's boss at Brighton & Hove Albion, Chris Hughton, has been rewarded with a new contract after keeping the Seagulls in the Premier League.

The 59-year-old has agreed fresh terms until 2021 after guiding Brighton to 15th place finish this season.

In what was the club's debut Premier League campaign, Hughton masterminded victories over the likes of Arsenal and Manchester United - with Ryan playing his part with 10 clean sheets in 38 games.

Those wins helped the Seagulls amass 40 points and kept them safely in the top flight, Swansea going down in 18th place with seven points less.

Hughton, who has previous Premier League managerial experience with Newcastle and Norwich, guided Brighton into the division in 2017 and is already planning for what he believes will be a more difficult second season.

"I'm delighted to have extended my time with the club," Hughton said.

"I would like to thank the chairman, the board, my staff and everyone at the club, including our fans, for the support we've had in achieving our aims."

Meanwhile Ryan, who is to join up with the Socceroos for a pre-World Cup training camp in Turkey this week, claims he is feeling in top form heading into the tournament after being named player of the season by the club's supporters.

"The main objective for this season was to stay up and we have managed to do so," he told the Brighton Argus newspaper.

"In my personal assessment I've taken my game to another level this season.

"I feel like I'm in the best form I've ever been in and, when football is going well, life is going well."

Source: AAP