Slade happy with Bennett deal
Brighton boss Russell Slade is happy his persistence has paid off after signing Elliott Bennett.
Last Updated: 20/08/09 1:18pm
Brighton & Hove Albion boss Russell Slade is happy his persistence has paid off after completing a deal for Wolves youngster Elliott Bennett.
The 20-year-old has moved to the Withdean Stadium on a three-year contract after Brighton agreed an undisclosed fee with Wolves.
Bennett had made just two senior appearances for Wolves, but had impressed during loan spells at Crewe Alexandra and Bury over the past two seasons.
The winger has been a long-term target for Slade, who is delighted to have persuaded Wolves to allow Bennett to leave Molineux on a permanent basis.
"Elliott is someone we have been after for a while, and he is certainly one for the future; he is a lively wide player, with good pace and is an exciting young prospect," Slade told the club's official website.
"Mick McCarthy and Wolves were reluctant to let him go - but Elliott spent last season at Bury, and got the taste for playing each week, and he was keen to come to Brighton, where he'll get more opportunities to do that.
"With that in mind, the chairman and I have persevered throughout the close season, to the point where Wolves were probably getting fed up with us, but I am delighted that perseverance has now paid off."
Bennett is in line to make his Brighton debut against Stockport County on Saturday as the League One club seek a first win of the season.