November 17, 2017 / 7:48 AM / 6 months ago

Brighton striker Hemed signs new two-year deal

(Reuters) - Brighton and Hove Albion striker Tomer Hemed has signed a new two-year contract to keep him at the Amex Stadium until 2019, the Premier League club said on Thursday.

FILE PHOTO - Britain Soccer Football - Brentford v Brighton & Hove Albion - Sky Bet Championship - Griffin Park - 5/2/17 Brighton's Tomer Hemed applauds the fans at the end Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Peter Cziborra

The Israel international, who joined Brighton in 2015, has made 97 appearances for the Seagulls and has scored twice in seven league games this season, helping the promoted side climb to eighth in the standings.

“Tomer has been brilliant for the club since we signed him in 2015... He was a key player for us in our promotion-winning season, and this season he has made the step up to the Premier League,” manager Chris Hughton told the club’s website.

“We have all been absolutely delighted with his contribution, and this new contract is hard earned and well deserved.”

Hemed, 30, served a three-match suspension for violent conduct last month and returned to action in Brighton’s 1-0 win at Swansea City earlier this month.

Brighton host 14th-placed Stoke City in the league on Monday.

Reporting by Aditi Prakash in Bengaluru

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