Motherwell confirmed today that Ben Hall has signed for English championship outfit Brighton & Hove Albion.
The Northern Irishman has been at the Lanarkshire club for just over three years and had just broken into the team last season, making 19 appearances.
Hall, 19, had been offered several new deals to remain at Fir Park but has opted to head south.
Motherwell manager Mark McGhee, speaking to the club’s website, confirmed he is working on a replacement but added the loss of the midfielder was a blow.
“We are obviously disappointed Ben has chosen Brighton, but this is further vindication of our policy at the club of developing young talent and should give hope to the youngsters currently at the club and in the Academy.”
“We have been in discussions with Ben for the best part of five months, however, we have always been conscious that this may happen and as such, have been working on a replacement, which we hope to announce soon.”
“Ben has done well, and we wish him well in the English Championship, but his departure provides an opportunity for someone else to hopefully make a similar sort of impact.”