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Brighton boss Potter: Dunk still has years ahead of him

Brighton boss Graham Potter says Lewis Dunk has plenty of football ahead of him.

Long-serving West Ham midfielder Mark Noble, 35, is poised to retire following Sunday's season final against the Seagulls at the Amex Stadium.

Hosts Albion have a one-club man of their own in the shape of once-capped England defender Dunk.

Head coach Potter believes the influential 30-year-old – who missed nine games during December and January due to a knee injury – is back on top form and capable of enjoying similar longevity to rival skipper Noble.

“He can because he looks after himself so well," Potter said of Dunk, who has made 373 Brighton appearances.

“As he's got older, I think he's got more and more aware of what he needs to do, how he needs to look after his body.

“He's more and more intelligent, as you'd imagine. The more experience he gains, the more knowledge of himself and the team and the game (he has), so these little things help as you get older.

“He's had a challenging year, the first major injury he's had in his career, so he had to psychologically deal with that.

“It wasn't easy for him because his standards are so high. But I think you've seen recently, he's back to his top form and we didn't have any doubts of course but it's a process still you have to go through.

“He's been great support for me since I've been here and we're delighted to have him as a one-club guy."


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