Brighton & Hove Albion sign teenager Tom Dallison from Arsenal

Brighton & Hove Albion sign 17-year-old defender Tom Dallison on a two-year deal from Arsenal.

Brighton & Hove Albion have signed teenage defender Tom Dallison from Arsenal on a two-year deal.

The 17-year-old centre-back has recently been on trial with the South Coast club and impressed enough to earn himself a contract.

Brighton head of football operations David Burke told the club website: "If Tom hits his performance targets he has a realistic chance of reaching the first team, that isn't always the case at many other clubs."

Under-21 coach Simon Ireland, who played Dallison for the U21s against Crystal Palace recently, added: "He is comfortable on the ball, he looks to step in which is something we encourage, and he has got a good range of passing.

"He also has a good physique which is what you want from a central defender and with that a good work ethic. He also seems keen to learn, which is what you want from any young player."

Dallison joined Arsenal from West Ham last season.

Brighton boss Oscar Garcia on the touchline during a game with Burnley on August 24, 2013
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