Brighton defender agrees new contract despite injury hit season in Belgium

Brighton's promising left sided defender has signed a new contract with the club through until June 2022.

Tuesday, 4th May 2021, 10:37 am
Updated Tuesday, 4th May 2021, 10:38 am

Alex Cochrane, 21, spent part of last season on loan with Belgian side Royale Union Saint-Gilloise, although his season-long spell was prematurely ended due injury.

Currently undergoing rehab on ankle surgery, Cochrane is expected to be fit for the start of pre-season this summer.

Cochrane who was born in Brighton and has graduated through Albion's academy having been with the club since 2012. He made his first-team debut in the Carabao Cup against Aston Villa in 2018.

He also featured in this season's competition before making the move to Belgium, and has played a number of games in the Premier League 2 and EFL Trophy.

Albion's loans manager David Weir said, “Alex had a really good experience out in Belgium with Union and, as he’s spoken about, it has been really beneficial for both him as a person and as a footballer.

“While that development was curtailed slightly by injury, he showed how well he can adjust and learn during his time out on loan, which is a testament to him, especially during the pandemic. I am pleased to see he will be continuing his development with us."

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