Albion sign Burn from Wigan

Brighton & Hove Albion have completed the signing of Wigan Athletic central defender Dan Burn, on undisclosed terms.

The 26-year-old has signed a four-year deal with Albion, but will remain on loan with Wigan until the January transfer window, when he will return to the south coast.

Manager Chris Hughton commented, “We are delighted to welcome Dan to the club. He has a wealth of experience from his time with Fulham, Birmingham City and Wigan amongst others.

“He’s an imposing figure and had an excellent season helping Wigan to the League One championship. He also impressed in an excellent FA Cup run to last season’s quarter-finals.

“He’s currently recovering from an injury sustained during pre-season, but he will remain with Wigan. That also benefits both Dan and ourselves as it will enable him to get fully up to speed in terms of fitness before January.”

The 6ft 7in defender began his career in Newcastle United’s academy, but dropped into non-league football to begin his senior career.

An impressive two-year spell at Darlington led to a move to Fulham, then in the Premier League. His spell there saw him play 69 times for the Londoners, and also included loan moves to Yeovil and Birmingham City.

He moved to Wigan in 2016, and to date has played 97 times for the Latics, scoring seven times.

He said, “I’m buzzing to be here because it’s been in the pipeline for a little while, so I’m very glad to get it over the line.

“I get another crack at the Premier League, so hopefully I can do my bit to help the team – I saw a lot of their matches on the TV last season and they did very well.

“I don’t know many of the lads personally, but I’ve played against most of them, so I was very glad to see them do well.”

“They’ve recruited very well this summer and hopefully the club can kick on again this season.”

The central defender made 53 appearances from Paul Cook’s men across all competitions last term, as the side won promotion back to the Sky Bet Championship and reached the Emirates FA Cup quarter finals.

It was a domestic run which included a victory over eventual Premier League champions Manchester City, and Burn reflected fondly on a campaign where he also notched on six occasions.

“It was a really successful year last season for both the team and myself personally and I loved it.

“It was great to play so many matches with the cup as well and that’s what it’s all about.

“Promotion was our main aim at the start of the season and we managed to achieve that and get the club back into the Championship, so we were all delighted.”

“I managed to score some goals and I needed that because of my height, it was nice to get that number and hopefully I can build on that because it’s something I want to improve in my game.”

Albion’s ninth summer arrival becomes the second central defender to move to the south coast during the close season after Leon Balogun and emphasised his desire to compete for a place within the side in the latter half of the season.

“The competition within this squad is very good in my position, I’ve played against Shane Duffy and Lewis Dunk many times so I know what their strengths are, and Leon Balogun is someone I’ve also heard good things about.

“It’s something I’m relishing in the Premier League – hopefully we can push all of the central defenders on to be better.

“For now, I want to help Wigan as much as I can until January and then be fully prepared to help Brighton from there onwards.”

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