Gross extends Seagulls stay

07 June 2018 04:00:10 EST

Pascal Gross hopes he can enjoy another successful season with Brighton in 2018/19 after penning a new deal with Chris Hughton's side.

The German has agreed terms which will keep him with the Seagulls until the summer of 2022.

Hughton signed Gross from Ingolstadt last summer for £3.5million and he proved to be an inspired capture, doing much to keep Brighton out of the relegation zone.

He scored seven goals in 38 Premier League appearances for Albion, 5/1 to be relegated next season.

However, Gross thinks it will be harder for the team to prosper next term, saying: "It quite often happens that the second season is harder. I hope not for us, I hope we do well.

"But in the second season the emotions from the promotion goes away. People expect what you showed the year before. The other teams don't under-rate you, they know everything about you. That is normal.

"That's why you have to work even harder and be well prepared. I think a lot of promoted teams do well in the first year and struggle in the second.

"You have to know this and have to work harder."

Brighton can be backed at 5/1 to finish in the top half of the Premier League table next season.

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