Vital Football

Latest BHA FC News

Maenpaa Delighted With New Deal

Maenpaa Delighted With New Deal

Having secured the long-term future of Christian Walton, before loaning him to Wigan last week, Brighton also tied down Finland international goalkeeper Niki Maenpaa over the weekend.

Maenpaa extended his Albion deal to keep him at the Amex Stadium for the upcoming season.

Commenting on this Chris Hughton told the Official Website: 'Niki has been a great asset for the club over the past two years, and I am really pleased he has committed his future to the club. He has not have played as many games as he would have liked, through no fault of his own, but his attitude has been fantastic throughout that time and his contribution to the squad should not be underestimated.'

The keeper hasn't been called upon too much during his time at Brighton, arriving from Dutch side VVV-Venlo in 2015, making just the one Championship start and nine others in various cup competitions, but he's always worked hard and Hughton said he's impressed him.

'He has trained hard and worked very well with Ben Roberts and the other goalkeepers at the club - but most importantly, when he has played, he has served us very well.'

This new deal means Maenpaa will now have the chance of fulfilling, as he told the Official Website, his dream of playing in the Premier League.

'I`m really delighted. It`s a new challenge for everybody and I`m looking forward to it. I am really happy at Brighton at the moment and really happy to sign a new contract. It`s always been my dream to be in the Premier League. Two years ago when I was playing in the second tier in Holland, it was hard to believe it was possible. I was always hoping and believing and now it`s here, I am enjoying the moment and really proud.'

Maenpaa, 32, marked this by playing a part in Brighton's victory over Fortuna Dusseldorf, which came after a week of training in the Austrian Alps.

Of which he said: 'It was nice to play [against Fortuna] and it`s been quite a tough training camp, but it`s good to finish with a victory. The team played well, especially in the second half.'

It would be expect, as he was David Stockdale previously, the Finn will start the season as back up to Australian keeper Mathew Ryan but the shot-stopper is up for the battle and Maenpaa looks forward to meeting his rival and competing with him for the number one spot.

'I am looking forward to meeting him next week and I have heard a lot of good things about him. I see it as a big chance and I`m looking forward to it. I am ready and we`ll see what happens next season.'

Join The Vital Debate

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Site Staff
Date:Monday July 17 2017
Time: 11:46AM

Login to post a comment

Recent Brighton & Hove Albion Articles

Brighton & Hove Albion Injuries Clearing Nicely

Our weekly update looking at the injury table for Brighton & Hove Albion FC and also comparing with all our competitors in the Premier League.

Stats: Brighton v Stoke City

All the stats from Brighton (2) vs (2) Stoke City, Amex Stadium, 20/11/17 Att: 29,676

Brighton v Stoke - Follow On Twitter - 20-11-17

Brighton are at the Amex Stadium with Stoke the visitors today, this will be an 8pm kick-off.

No Injury Issues Ahead Of Stoke - Hughton

Manager Chris Hughton has confirmed that Brighton have no fresh injury concerns ahead of the tie against Stoke City on Monday evening.

Archived Vital BHA Articles

Vital BHA articles from

Site Journalists

Write for Vital BHA
Write For Vital BHA
Apply Here

Current Poll (see more polls)

Manchester United v Brighton and Hove Albion
Suggested By:
Brighton win0%
Manchester United win0%
The Vital Football Members League
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Vital Football Comment

Recent Brighton & Hove Albion Results (view all)

Brighton & Hove Albion Fixtures (view all)

Write for Vital Football