Republic of Ireland defender Shane Duffy has joined Fulham on a season-long loan from Brighton.
Duffy, 30, had previously spent the 2020-21 campaign on loan in Scotland with Celtic, making 27 appearances before returning to the Amex Stadium last term and running out for the Seagulls 20 times.
‘I am delighted that is it is done, it is a really exciting challenge for me and the club,’ Duffy said on the Fulham website.
Republic of Ireland defender Shane Duffy has joined Fulham on a season-long loan
‘It happened really quickly, but I didn’t really have time to think about it at all, as soon as they came in for me, I just knew it was right for me.
‘I spoke to the manager and it was the same both ways, so I am really excited.’
Seagulls head coach Graham Potter is confident Duffy will benefit from regular game time with the Cottagers.
Duffy (right) played 20 times for the Seagulls after returning from a loan spell with Celtic
Graham Potter (right) says the 30-year-old will benefit from getting game time with Fulham
‘Shane has been an outstanding servant to this club, and is rightly held in high esteem by everyone here,’ Potter told Brighton’s website.
‘There was no pressure on him to leave, but typically he wanted to play regular football, and while he was still part of our wider squad, we could not guarantee him that.
‘This move will give him that opportunity, which is really important to him as the captain of the Republic of Ireland, and Fulham are getting a player who has great experience at this level.’