Albion sign Real Madrid striker

BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION have completed the signing of Scottish under-19 international Jack Harper from Real Madrid - subject to international clearance.

Thursday, 23rd July 2015, 10:30 am
Jack Harper Picture by Paul Hazlewood

The 19-year-old striker was at the American Express Community Stadium on Tuesday night to sign a two-year contract - having completed a medical at the training ground earlier in the day.

Albion boss Chris Hughton said: “Even at the age of 19, Jack is a well-known name and having spent the past six years at Real Madrid, there is no doubting his pedigree.

“He has a lot of potential, is a skilful type, with a good eye for goal, and can operate as a striker or playing just off of a striker. We hope we can give him the platform to realise his undoubted potential.

“He has had an excellent grounding, having come through the youth system at Real Madrid - and also has international experience at youth level, having featured for Scotland’s under-17 and under-19 sides.”

Harper is currently recovering from a knee injury he sustained last season, and is at least eight weeks away from returning to action.

Hughton added, “Jack’s next step is to move up to senior football, but his first priority is to complete his rehabilitation and work to get his match fitness; then challenge to breakthrough into our first-team squad.”

Harper was born in Malaga to Scottish parents and joined Spanish giants Real Madrid at 13, having been on the verge of signing for Sevilla.

He graduated through Real’s youth system and last season played for the club in the under-19 UEFA Youth League - facing the likes of Liverpool, Basel and Ludogorets, and scored three goals in six appearances.

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