By 90Min
July 19, 2017

​Newly promoted Brighton & Hove Albion have added strength to their defensive ranks in readiness for the coming Premier League season by signing Markus Suttner from FC Ingolstadt on a 3-year deal.

The Austrian left-back - according to a report published by the Seagulls' official website - linked up with his new squad, who are currently pre-season training in the Austrian Alps, and signed the relevant transfer forms after completing a medical at the team hotel on Wednesday night.

Suttner became the south-coast side's third signing of the summer and trained with the team on Thursday morning, an acquisition which manager Chris Hughton is evidently 'pleased' to have finalised.

"Markus is someone we have been aware of for some time, and I am pleased we have managed to complete the transfer at this stage, and he is now able to join us for the second half of the week." Hughton claimed.

"He has a great level of experience internationally, and in the top divisions in both his native Austria and Germany, where he has played the last two seasons with Ingolstadt, and that experience will serve us well.

"He will add competition at the back on the left side of defence, and I'm now looking forward to working with him."

There was, however, a departure from the AMEX Stadium on Thursday, with defender Rob Hunt joining Oldham Athletic on a two-year deal after a successful period on loan at Boundary Park last season.

INGOLSTADT, GERMANY - APRIL 09: Markus Suttner of Ingolstadt celebrates his team's third goal during the Bundesliga match between FC Ingolstadt 04 and SV Darmstadt 98 at Audi Sportpark on April 9, 2017 in Ingolstadt, Germany. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Bongarts/Getty Images)
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Hughton, also speaking via Brighton's official website, offered his opinion on the move which would be a 'great opportunity' for the 22-year-old:

“Rob has been very keen to play regular senior football since I arrived at the club, and having had the experience with Oldham last season, this move provides him with that chance.

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - MAY 07: Chris Hughton mamnager of Brighton and Hove Albion looks on prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Brighton & Hove Albion at Villa Park on May 7, 2017 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
Jan Kruger/GettyImages

“He has spent a good amount of time with the first team over the past year, and his attitude and determination has always been excellent. He now has the opportunity to play regular football at a club he already knows well. 

“It's a great opportunity for Rob and I would like to wish him all the very best for the future on behalf of everyone at the football club.”

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