Four sign on for Seagulls

ANDY Gurney has continued his transfer market activity by capturing left winger Jack Compton.

ANDY Gurney has continued his transfer market activity by capturing left winger Jack Compton.

Gurney swooped to secure the services of the 20-year-old former Portsmouth, West Brom and Brighton player on Tuesday night.

The skilful left footer has been at Havant and Waterlooville this season and joins the Seagulls on a non-contract basis.

Gurney told the Mercury: "Jack is fast and has a great left foot and I think he'll be able to provide the sort of flair and crosses down the left that we are after.

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"He has the pedigree as a youngster and it's great that we've been able to bring him in.

"He's got great pace and will give a good delivery with his left foot in the final third, which is what I've been trying to do since I took over.

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"Jack is still young but he's had a great football tutoring and I'm confident he'll do a good job for us."

He made five appearances for the Hawks and scored one goal during a seven-week spell with the Hampshire club.

The Welshman, who lives in Cardiff and stands at 5ft 8, signed for Brighton on a short-term basis at the beginning of this season after he was released by the Baggies.

Compton's signing will prove timely for Gurney, who has lost current left winger Mark McKeever to injury for the next six weeks.

The pacey winger, who came through the ranks at Portsmouth, goes straight into the squad for Saturday's game against basement boys Bognor Regis.

In addition to McKeever's injury, Scott Partridge is also a doubt for Saturday's fixture due to a knee injury, so Mark McGregor may deputise in attack.

WESTON have also signed impressive full-back Tomaso Parrinello on a permanent contract.

The 19-year-old's flawless performances since he joined on loan from Bristol Rovers have been a key part of the Seagulls' recent upturn in form.

He will now remain at the Woodspring Stadium until the end of next season after putting pen to paper on a long-term contract.

Gurney said: "Tom has been great for us since he came in and it's a massive boost to get him here permanently.

"When you have players in on loan who do so well you're always a little bit worried about losing them, but this is great news for the club."

TALISMANIC centre-back Craig Rand and midfield dynamo Darren Mullings have both signed contracts at the Woodspring Stadium.

Defender Rand has been in sparkling form since his return from a long-term injury in December.

Gurney admitted he was delighted to secure the services of the 27-year-old until the summer of 2011.

Mullings has signed until the end of next season and Gurney said the 21-year-old's recent strong performances influenced the decision to offer him a contract.

He said: "Randy has been terrific since I cam here and I'm delighted he's put pen to paper."

"It's a real boost for us and the recent signings combined with these contracts shows what we are trying to do here.

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