Duffy hoping to kick on

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Brighton defender Shane Duffy says he is excited to take on Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang this weekend.

Brighton defender Shane Duffy says he hopes the Republic of Ireland armband will give him the inspiration to kick on and become a better player.

The Seagulls defender has been given the role ahead of Monday’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Denmark in the absence of Everton’s Seamus Coleman.

Duffy has been a mainstay in the heart of the Brighton defence and a key reason why the south-coast outfit have been able to maintain their status in the Premier League.


Now handed the honour of captaining his country against the Danes, Duffy is adamant he won’t change his approach and hopes it will inspire him to become a better player for both Brighton and Republic of Ireland.

“I’ll just be the same Shane, be the same me around the place, when I step over the white line, just be that same Shane that hopefully I’ve done for Ireland over a couple of years now and just don’t change,” he said.

“Hopefully it can kick me on and I can go on and just keep progressing in my career. I feel I’m in a good place now, keep pushing on and try to better myself, but nothing changes.”

Brighton once again look on course to maintain their Premier League status this season, with new manager Graham Potter impressing in the dugout at the Amex Stadium.

The Seagulls sit in 11th place in the table with seven points between themselves and the relegation zone.

Duffy will be looking to use his next experience with the Irish as inspiration ahead of a return to club duties on Saturday when Brighton host high-flying Leicester City.

The Foxes have been one of the surprise packages of the campaign so far and currently reside in second place in the Premier League table ahead of the trip to the south coast.