Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton has revealed his delight at his two new early signings.

The signings of Steve Sidwell on a free and loan signing Glenn Murray from AFC Bournemouth have already fitted in well and Hughton emphasised the importance of securing early summer deals. 

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Chris Hughton told ​Seagulls Player HD "We're delighted to have done it early, as we're only in our second week of pre-season. Steve Sidwell joined us and was available for that first week. Glenn then arrived at the beginning of this week.

"Steve was an obvious one for us, because he came here in that second period of the season and fitted in very well to the group. We knew of his qualities before he came and certainly as an individual as well. 

"That was important, certainly after losing the experience we have done in the players that left last season. 

“With the departure of Bobby Zamora and James Wilson at the end of last season, we knew we wanted to bring in someone in that area. 

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To have done that business for Glenn this early in pre-season will hopefully be a big plus for us."

The 57-year-old will be hoping to add one or two more players to his strong squad before the end of August.

"We have a responsibility to make the squad as strong as possible. The good news is that we certainly don't need to bring in the volumes that we had to bring in last summer.

"It ended up being a busy summer and a busy pre-season. The bulk of our work was done then and we acquired very well in January, so that's given us a really good base this summer.

"We found out last season how tough this division is, and if we want to be able to challenge again then we have to make sure we're as good as what we were last season."