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Burn out to earn a first team spot


Brighton debutant Dan Burn

Brighton debutant Dan Burn

Brighton debutant Dan Burn

Brighton debutant Dan Burn believes he has given Chris Hughton something to think about as he attempts to break the centre-back pairing of Lewis Dunk and Shane Duffy.

Burn, signed from Wigan in the summer but loaned back to the Championship club for the first half of the season, finally pulled on a Seagulls shirt in Saturday's FA Cup fourth-round stalemate with West Brom.

Burn, 26, was man-of-the-match in the 0-0 draw at the Amex Stadium.

With England's Dunk and Republic of Ireland regular Duffy ahead of him in the pecking order, Burn accepts his first-team chances are limited.

"Obviously I'm not going to get many opportunities as we've got international centre-halves, and it's up to me to take my chance when it comes," he said.

"Thankfully I did that. We probably could have done without the replay but, on a personal note, it means I can possibly get another game."

Burn is set to be dropped from Albion boss Hughton's team for Tuesday's Premier League game at his former club Fulham.

He was on the books at Craven Cottage between 2011 and 2016 before moving to Wigan and is looking forward to being reunited with some familiar faces.

"I had a great time at Fulham and towards the end it went a bit downhill, but when I first went there, it was a very good club," added Burn.