Republic of Ireland international defender Shane Duffy has signed for Fulham on a season-long loan from Brighton and Hove Albion, the club have confirmed this morning.

The 30 year-old, who has made 150 appearances for the Seagulls and helped Albion establish themselves in the top flight after winning promotion from the Championship in his first season at the AMEX, should be available for tomorrow lunchtime’s Premier League opener against Liverpool at Craven Cottage. Duffy, who was part of the Ireland squad at Euro 2016 and played in the 1-0 win over Italy, helped Brighton finish ninth in the Premier League last season having the Scottish Cup on loan at Celtic in the previous campaign.

Fulham’s new signing told FFCTV:

I’m delighted. It’s a really exciting challenge for me and the club, one I’m really looking forward to.”