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'It's massive to have him at the club': Lewis Dunk praises impact of boss Chris Hughton on his career as Brighton prepare for West Ham clash Brighton defender Lewis Dunk pinpointed Chris Hughton as vital for his career  Under Hughton's guidance, Dunk has become a senior England international  Dunk is likely to feature at heart of defence for Seagulls at West Ham 

By Nick Purewal, Press Association Sport

Published: 13:43 GMT, 1 January 2019 | Updated: 13:43 GMT, 1 January 2019

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Lewis Dunk has hailed Brighton boss Chris Hughton for helping him mature into a top-class defender.

Hughton celebrated four years at the Brighton helm on December 31, having steered the Seagulls to Premier League stability in that time.

Centre-back Dunk cited his England debut in the 3-0 win over the USA at Wembley in November as a personal highlight for 2018, crediting Hughton for helping him realise his international ambition.

Lewis Dunk praised Chris Hughton's success at establishing Brighton in the Premier League

Lewis Dunk praised Chris Hughton's success at establishing Brighton in the Premier League

'I've had a few managers at this club, and he's definitely up there with the best I've had in my career,' Dunk told Brighton's official club website.

'It's massive to have him at the club. He's been massive for my development. I think I've come on leaps and bounds since he's been in charge.

'I've become more and more consistent and he's calmed

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