Brighton and Hove Albion secured the future of their German playmaker Pascal Groß as he signed a new contract which will keep him at the club until the summer of 2022. Groß was Brighton’s first signing when they secured a move to the Premier League in the 2016-17 campaign and the midfielder played an instrumental role in their survival run last season.
Their manager Chris Hughton was delighted that the 26-year-old committed his long-term future at the club. He said,”We are delighted that Pascal has agreed to a new contract with the club. He has enjoyed an excellent first season with us in the Premier League, and we are really pleased with the impact he has made. He settled very quickly and became an integral member of the team. He won the club’s Player of the Season award, which was particularly impressive in his first season in England.”
The German was brought in from German outfit Ingolstadt and what a signing that turned out to be as he went on to become player of the season for Brighton in his debut season. We often see players from other leagues struggle to get going in the Premier League but the 26-year-old was at the top of his game since the beginning of the season.
Groß featured in all the Premier League games for Seagulls and managed seven goals and eight assists. He had no issues in gelling with the team and getting used to manager’s tactics and it seemed like he was a regular for the Seagulls for the past few years.
The midfielder also showed his happiness after signing the contract. He said,” I’m very pleased to get the new deal done. I think we had a very hard year last season and I’m happy to commit my future to the club – it’s a very special day for me.”
Before joining the Seagulls, Groß had made close to 200 appearances in the Bundesliga and Brighton got him for a price of £3m, which can be termed as a steal in today’s inflated market. Not only has he done the nitty gritty job in the midfield well but he has taken the role of a playmaker and has managed to score some crucial goals over the course of the season. It was a no-brainer of a decision for the board to extend his contract as he was and will again be a pivotal player for them in the upcoming Premier League campaign.