Ireland star Evan Ferguson pens long-term deal with Brighton & Hove Albion

Evan Ferguson scores for Ireland against Gibraltar

Meathman Ferguson has netted three goals in eight appearances for Ireland. Credit: Eddie Lennon (ETPhotos)

Republic of Ireland international Evan Ferguson has put doubts about his future to bed by penning a new long-term contract with Brighton & Hove Albion.

The teenager - son of former Bohemians and Shamrock Rovers anchorman Barry - has flown high for the Seagulls this season and the club have rewarded him with a contract until the summer of 2029.

He scored a hat-trick in a 3-1 win over cash-rich Newcastle United and became the first teen since Wayne Rooney to net ten goals in the Premier League in a calendar year.

The Bettystown baller has only to score once more in 2023 to match the record set by Toxteth-born ace Rooney for Manchester United in 2005.

He has also found the back of the net three times in eight senior appearances for his country, including one in last month’s Euro 2024 qualifier against Gibraltar.

Ferguson debuted for Dublin club Bohemians at the age of 14 against Chelsea, in Frank Lampard's first day in charge, at Dalymount Park as Eric Molloy netted a late equaliser for the Gypsies.

And Ferguson will have the full backing of his club after replacing Barcelona loanee Ansu Fati during Thursday’s 2-0 win over Ajax that leaves Brighton in prime place for Europa League progression.

Head coach Roberto De Zerbi said, “Evan deserves this new contract and he has a very big future ahead of him.”

Technical director David Weir added, “Evan is a brilliant young talent and we are delighted for him. 

“He’s shown his ability at club and international level, after breaking into the team at the start of the year, and we are looking forward to working with him and watching his continued progress.”