Jonah Ayunga seals move to Brighton and Hove Albion

Jonah Ayunga has finalised his move to Championship side Brighton and Hove Albion.

The 18-year-old joins the Seagulls on a deal that will run until June 2018 and will initially link up with Simon Rusk’s under-21 squad.

Speaking to David Williams – Dorset Echo Sport Dorchester chairman Matt Lucas said:

“Obviously it’s sad to see Jonah go but at the same time he is a super lad and for everyone at non-League level it’s a privilege to see a player progress into the professional game,”

“It’s been great to have his family in and around the club and we are very proud that Jonah has made the move to Brighton.

“We wish him the best of luck for the future and I don’t think he’s the sort of person who is going to let this go to his head.

“Jonah has shown that if you’ve got the right attitude and work hard then you can achieve great things.

“It was great that our under-18 management team brought him in and gave him a chance before he moved up to the first team.”

Brighton academy manager John Morling told the South Coast club’s website, “Jonah is somebody we became aware of earlier this season, and we are delighted to welcome him here to the club.

“He is a very exciting young talent. He is a strong, quick and powerful centre-forward, who has impressed in a short space of time at Dorchester.

“Our recruitment team has been monitoring him during that period and he comes here very highly recommended. I am confident he will prove to be a great addition to Simon Rusk’s under-21 squad.”

The Seagull’s under-21 match against Wolves, at Crawley Town tonight, comes too soon for Jonah, but he could be in line for his under-21 debut at Arsenal on Friday lunchtime.

Everyone at Dorchester Town FC extends their very best wishes to Jonah for what is undoubtedly going to be, a very bright future in the game.