Brighton make eighth addition

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Brighton have completed the signing of Ryan Harley on a three year deal, with the midfielder joining from Swansea City in a bid to help the seaside club in their push to stake their claim in the npower Championship.

Gus Poyet had been chasing Harley since January, and while the Seagulls manager wasn't able to sign the star at the start of the year, the Uruguayan said that Harley will complete his squad as they look to build on their four match unbeaten run.

"We know what he is about, he is a player who likes to get on the ball and make things happen," Poyet told the official Brighton website.

"He has a great range of passing - and he will compliment the players we already have here - but his first challenge will be to earn his place in the team, as the team has made a great start in the Championship."

Harley hasn't featured for the Swans since his arrival at the start of the year, as the 26-year-old was sent back on loan to former club Exeter City where he scored a further four goals in 14 appearances.


And after Swansea were promoted to the Barclays Premier League, Harley's exit looked to be a formality, with Brighton seemingly the perfect fit for the former Bristol City boy.

"I'm really excited about the move, the stadium and the type of football they play," Harley said. "I'm a player that likes to get on the ball, create and score goals."

Brighton have now made eight additions so far this summer, and Harley will join fresh faces Torbjorn Agdestein, Roland Bergkamp, Will Buckley, Will Hoskens, Kazenga LuaLua, Craig Mackail-Smith and Romain Vincelot as the side establish themselves in the second tier.

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