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Joe Bennett joins Brighton and Hove Albion

20 August 2014

Aston Villa full-back Joe Bennett has joined Sky Bet Championship club Brighton and Hove Albion on a season-long loan.

The 24-year-old defender watched Albion's win over Leeds United on Tuesday night and completed a medical and the relevant paperwork on Wednesday.

"I'm delighted we have agreed with Joe and Aston Villa to bring him here on a season-long loan," Seagulls boss Sami Hyypia said.

"He is a dynamic left-back who's very comfortable on the ball. He's very mobile and will suit the way we want to play.

"He is a good footballer who knows how to use the ball and I hope he will be a very good player for us.

"At 24 he has a good deal of experience, both in the Championship with Middlesbrough and in the Premier League with Aston Villa, and that too is key."

Bennett has slipped down the pecking order at Villa Park following Ryan Bertrand's loan spell last season and this summer's arrival of Aly Cissokho.

His chances have been limited since his arrival in the midlands from Middlesbrough, where he emerged from the Teesside club's renowned academy two summers ago.

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