DUFFY’S IRELAND FUTURE ‘BRIGHT’
REPUBLIC of Ireland defender Shane Duffy sat out Friday’s clash with Wales due to a broken foot, but Brighton boss Chris Hughton is backing his centre-half to be a key figure on the international stage for years to come.
Duffy joined Brighton in August for a club record fee, believed to be around £4million, and has gone on to make 31 appearance for the high-flying Seagulls.
However, the 25-year-old fractured a metatarsal in the closing stages of a 3-0 defeat at Nottingham Forest at the beginning of the month and had not recovered in time to play for Ireland against Wales on Friday.
But Brighton boss Hughton believes Duffy will be an international star for years to come.
“It seems a good time for him (Duffy), when I look at some of the established centre-halves over the years that have served the team really well,” Hughton said.
“He’s somebody that has played more and more of late. I’m very much hoping it’s exciting times for him on the international scene and, if that is the case, we will certainly benefit from that.”
IMPACT: Shane Duffy