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Italian Serie A side Genoa have loaned Brighton and Hove Albion defender Leo Ostigard on loan for the remainder of the season.

Leo Skiri Ostigard – Photo by Paul Hazlewood / BHAFC

Ostigard has been recalled from his loan spell with Stoke City, who are currently right next to the Championship play-offs.

The 22-year-old Norwegian has made 13 league appearances for the Potters, scoring once in a 3-1 win at Swansea City.

David Weir, Albion Track Development Manager, said: “Leo has made great progress during his loan spells in the second tier in Germany and here in the Championship, along with Coventry and Stoke, but this gives him the chance to play at the highest level.

“It’s a great opportunity to play in the first division of Italian football, against some of the best European teams, and we will follow its progress in Italy.”

Ostigard signed for Albion from Molde in 2018, before spending the 2019-20 campaign on loan with German second division team St Pauli.

This was followed by a successful 2020-21 campaign with Coventry City, where he helped Mark Robins’ side maintain their league status, having returned to second tier after an eight-year absence.

Meanwhile, Brighton and Hove Albion have said goalkeeper Carl Rushworth has signed a new contract with the club until June 2025.

Albion said: “The 20-year-old is currently on one-season loan with League Two Walsall, where he has kept eight sheets clean in 28 games in all competitions.”

Technical Director Dan Ashworth said: “Carl has continued to impress us with his development since joining the club in 2019 and he fully deserves this new contract.

“He trusted the path we have mapped out for him, starting with a very positive loan with Worthing, followed by a year with the Under 23s and testing himself and now proving himself in Ligue 2 with Walsall.

“This season Carl was showing and building on what he had learned so far. We’re happy to see him blossom.

Albion first team goalkeeper coach Ben Roberts said: “Carl has been a breath of fresh air since joining the club from Halifax Town and has relished all the challenges that presented themselves. to him.

“He’s an accomplished professional on and off the pitch, with real dedication to his profession. He embodies what we expect from a modern and possessing goalkeeper, and we look forward to supporting his development in the years to come.

Albion said: “The keeper rose through the ranks with Huddersfield Town, before joining Halifax Town in 2017.

“He signed for Albion in January 2019 and spent the 2019-20 season on loan in the Isthmian League Premier League with Worthing.

“A campaign with Albion’s Under-23s followed and he topped it off by winning the club’s Young Male Player of the Year award.

“He signed for the Saddlers at the start of this season, and his form for Matt Taylor’s side was rewarded with a call-up for the England Under-21 squad in October.”

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