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Goalkeeper Niki Maenpaa set to leave Brighton after rejecting new deal

By June 21, 2018No Comments

Brighton goalkeeper Niki Maenpaa will leave the Premier League club after turning down a new contract.

The 33-year-old Finn joined Albion from Dutch club VVV-Venlo in the summer of 2015 but made just one league appearance.

He spent the 2017/18 season as back-up to Mat Ryan and Tim Krul, making one start in the Carabao Cup and a substitute appearance in the FA Cup.

Seagulls manager Chris Hughton told the club’s website: “Niki has always been an excellent member of the squad, and although game time has been limited, he has been a great professional.

“We’d like to thank him for his contribution, both on and off the pitch, over the past three seasons.”

Maenpaa, who also had spells with Dutch sides Den Bosch, Willem II and AZ Alkmaar before moving to the Amex Stadium, was offered fresh terms earlier this month.

He will officially become a free agent when his existing deal expires on June 30.

Brighton, meanwhile, remain in contract talks with fellow keeper Krul, who arrived from Newcastle last season.