Upson ready for the big finale

Matt Upson is open to contract talks on another one-year deal

Matt Upson is open to contract talks on another one-year deal

First published in Sport by , Chief sports reporter

Matt Upson has declared himself ready for Albion’s play-off finale and another year at the Amex.

The newly crowned player of the season is on course to return to the heart of the defence at Nottingham Forest tomorrow.

Upson suffered an ankle tendon injury in the 0-0 draw at Barnsley four weeks ago.

The 35-year-old has soldiered on since then against Leicester, Charlton and Blackpool but missed two of the last three games against Huddersfield and Yeovil, when Lewis Dunk deputised.

Upson told The Argus: “I’m okay. Ideally it could do with more rest. “I think it’s one of those things that only goes away with rest.

“If this was the middle of the season I would possibly step out for two weeks solid and not do anything and fight my way back in.

“But we’re in a unique situation in the sense that it’s the last game of the season and I am doing everything I can to make myself available for selection.”

Boss Oscar Garcia’s midfield options are in the melting pot. Dale Stephens went off with an ankle injury in the closing stages of last Friday’s 2-0 win against Yeovil and Keith Andrews has also been nursing a minor niggle this week.

Albion need to better Reading’s result at home to Burnley to creep into the play-offs in sixth spot.

Upson, meanwhile, has revealed he is open to another one-year deal. The former England centre-half is one of several first team regulars out of contract at the end of the season.

“I’ve really enjoyed it,” he said. “I’ve loved the season and I’ve loved playing for the club, so if something happens then great.”

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6:16am Fri 2 May 14

Hugothepug says...

Great news if we can secure his services for another year - although I think a lower league prem club may come in for him. May all depend on him really and the priority he puts on, playing prem football one last time and personal circumstances etc.

Hope he stays with us to continue this incredible journey - who knows he may just be playing with us in the prem!!
Great news if we can secure his services for another year - although I think a lower league prem club may come in for him. May all depend on him really and the priority he puts on, playing prem football one last time and personal circumstances etc. Hope he stays with us to continue this incredible journey - who knows he may just be playing with us in the prem!! Hugothepug
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6:53am Fri 2 May 14

JeffLomer says...

Nice to see matt declare himself fit and available for Forest game, why do people assume this is upsons last season with us, might join lower team in perm do me a favour he had chance last season when at Stoke but we got him on loan, the lad is 35 maybe got another season or two left in him playing time, he won't leave he will end his career at our great club, what a honour to have matt playing for Brighton!!
Up the Albion!!;!
Nice to see matt declare himself fit and available for Forest game, why do people assume this is upsons last season with us, might join lower team in perm do me a favour he had chance last season when at Stoke but we got him on loan, the lad is 35 maybe got another season or two left in him playing time, he won't leave he will end his career at our great club, what a honour to have matt playing for Brighton!! Up the Albion!!;! JeffLomer
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8:09am Fri 2 May 14

kipper12 says...

But we’re in a unique situation in the sense that it’s the last game of the season and I am doing everything I can to make myself available for selection.” !!!!!!

HE THINKS ITS THE LAST GAME OF THE SEASON !!!! NOW THAT IS NEGATIVE !!! LOL
COME ON MR UPSON !! WITH YOUR LEADERSHIP THE LADS CAN DO THIS !!
OH , AND PLEASE MR BARNES ..... SCORE A COUPLE TOO !!!!
But we’re in a unique situation in the sense that it’s the last game of the season and I am doing everything I can to make myself available for selection.” !!!!!! HE THINKS ITS THE LAST GAME OF THE SEASON !!!! NOW THAT IS NEGATIVE !!! LOL COME ON MR UPSON !! WITH YOUR LEADERSHIP THE LADS CAN DO THIS !! OH , AND PLEASE MR BARNES ..... SCORE A COUPLE TOO !!!! kipper12
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8:12am Fri 2 May 14

ringtone says...

JeffLomer wrote:
Nice to see matt declare himself fit and available for Forest game, why do people assume this is upsons last season with us, might join lower team in perm do me a favour he had chance last season when at Stoke but we got him on loan, the lad is 35 maybe got another season or two left in him playing time, he won't leave he will end his career at our great club, what a honour to have matt playing for Brighton!!
Up the Albion!!;!
What a small time mentality you have.

Its his honour to play for us.

The truth is he is just a stopper, who is not very good on the ball, you dont get to play for Stoke for no reason.
[quote][p][bold]JeffLomer[/bold] wrote: Nice to see matt declare himself fit and available for Forest game, why do people assume this is upsons last season with us, might join lower team in perm do me a favour he had chance last season when at Stoke but we got him on loan, the lad is 35 maybe got another season or two left in him playing time, he won't leave he will end his career at our great club, what a honour to have matt playing for Brighton!! Up the Albion!!;![/p][/quote]What a small time mentality you have. Its his honour to play for us. The truth is he is just a stopper, who is not very good on the ball, you dont get to play for Stoke for no reason. ringtone
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8:31am Fri 2 May 14

WooahWooah says...

ringtone wrote:
JeffLomer wrote:
Nice to see matt declare himself fit and available for Forest game, why do people assume this is upsons last season with us, might join lower team in perm do me a favour he had chance last season when at Stoke but we got him on loan, the lad is 35 maybe got another season or two left in him playing time, he won't leave he will end his career at our great club, what a honour to have matt playing for Brighton!!
Up the Albion!!;!
What a small time mentality you have.

Its his honour to play for us.

The truth is he is just a stopper, who is not very good on the ball, you dont get to play for Stoke for no reason.
Today, for just one day perhaps, let's not feed the troll.
[quote][p][bold]ringtone[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]JeffLomer[/bold] wrote: Nice to see matt declare himself fit and available for Forest game, why do people assume this is upsons last season with us, might join lower team in perm do me a favour he had chance last season when at Stoke but we got him on loan, the lad is 35 maybe got another season or two left in him playing time, he won't leave he will end his career at our great club, what a honour to have matt playing for Brighton!! Up the Albion!!;![/p][/quote]What a small time mentality you have. Its his honour to play for us. The truth is he is just a stopper, who is not very good on the ball, you dont get to play for Stoke for no reason.[/p][/quote]Today, for just one day perhaps, let's not feed the troll. WooahWooah
  • Score: 3

8:39am Fri 2 May 14

9 of us says...

WooahWooah wrote:
ringtone wrote:
JeffLomer wrote:
Nice to see matt declare himself fit and available for Forest game, why do people assume this is upsons last season with us, might join lower team in perm do me a favour he had chance last season when at Stoke but we got him on loan, the lad is 35 maybe got another season or two left in him playing time, he won't leave he will end his career at our great club, what a honour to have matt playing for Brighton!!
Up the Albion!!;!
What a small time mentality you have.

Its his honour to play for us.

The truth is he is just a stopper, who is not very good on the ball, you dont get to play for Stoke for no reason.
Today, for just one day perhaps, let's not feed the troll.
She's a horrid looking Troll too.
[quote][p][bold]WooahWooah[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ringtone[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]JeffLomer[/bold] wrote: Nice to see matt declare himself fit and available for Forest game, why do people assume this is upsons last season with us, might join lower team in perm do me a favour he had chance last season when at Stoke but we got him on loan, the lad is 35 maybe got another season or two left in him playing time, he won't leave he will end his career at our great club, what a honour to have matt playing for Brighton!! Up the Albion!!;![/p][/quote]What a small time mentality you have. Its his honour to play for us. The truth is he is just a stopper, who is not very good on the ball, you dont get to play for Stoke for no reason.[/p][/quote]Today, for just one day perhaps, let's not feed the troll.[/p][/quote]She's a horrid looking Troll too. 9 of us
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9:04am Fri 2 May 14

fratsomrover says...

Andy Naylor needs correcting on this I believe.
"Albion need to better Reading’s result at home to Burnley to creep into the play-offs in sixth spot."

Not true !
We could win 9 v 0 and Reading win 1 v 0.
We would have bettered their result but would still fail to creep into a play-off spot, as he states.
Andy Naylor needs correcting on this I believe. "Albion need to better Reading’s result at home to Burnley to creep into the play-offs in sixth spot." Not true ! We could win 9 v 0 and Reading win 1 v 0. We would have bettered their result but would still fail to creep into a play-off spot, as he states. fratsomrover
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9:33am Fri 2 May 14

realist2012 says...

fratsomrover wrote:
Andy Naylor needs correcting on this I believe. "Albion need to better Reading’s result at home to Burnley to creep into the play-offs in sixth spot." Not true ! We could win 9 v 0 and Reading win 1 v 0. We would have bettered their result but would still fail to creep into a play-off spot, as he states.
Think you will find that the RESULT is the outcome (win/lose/draw)

You are referreing to the SCORE......

In this case that makes the article correct
[quote][p][bold]fratsomrover[/bold] wrote: Andy Naylor needs correcting on this I believe. "Albion need to better Reading’s result at home to Burnley to creep into the play-offs in sixth spot." Not true ! We could win 9 v 0 and Reading win 1 v 0. We would have bettered their result but would still fail to creep into a play-off spot, as he states.[/p][/quote]Think you will find that the RESULT is the outcome (win/lose/draw) You are referreing to the SCORE...... In this case that makes the article correct realist2012
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12:49pm Fri 2 May 14

VegasSeagull says...

I can't see Upson playing for any other club next season, he will get a new deal and rightly so. As I suggested yesterday, if John Terry can do another year at Chelsea then Upson can do another with us.
It might be that his playing time is, 'managed,' next season, he may not start every match, and that will allow his understudy to get more playing time, but I would see that as a good thing.
I can't see Upson playing for any other club next season, he will get a new deal and rightly so. As I suggested yesterday, if John Terry can do another year at Chelsea then Upson can do another with us. It might be that his playing time is, 'managed,' next season, he may not start every match, and that will allow his understudy to get more playing time, but I would see that as a good thing. VegasSeagull
  • Score: -1

1:53pm Fri 2 May 14

JeffLomer says...

VegasSeagull wrote:
I can't see Upson playing for any other club next season, he will get a new deal and rightly so. As I suggested yesterday, if John Terry can do another year at Chelsea then Upson can do another with us.
It might be that his playing time is, 'managed,' next season, he may not start every match, and that will allow his understudy to get more playing time, but I would see that as a good thing.
Absolutely vegas i can see finishing his career at Brighton without a doubt
Up the Albion!!!!
[quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: I can't see Upson playing for any other club next season, he will get a new deal and rightly so. As I suggested yesterday, if John Terry can do another year at Chelsea then Upson can do another with us. It might be that his playing time is, 'managed,' next season, he may not start every match, and that will allow his understudy to get more playing time, but I would see that as a good thing.[/p][/quote]Absolutely vegas i can see finishing his career at Brighton without a doubt Up the Albion!!!! JeffLomer
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2:07pm Fri 2 May 14

VegasSeagull says...

JeffLomer wrote:
VegasSeagull wrote:
I can't see Upson playing for any other club next season, he will get a new deal and rightly so. As I suggested yesterday, if John Terry can do another year at Chelsea then Upson can do another with us.
It might be that his playing time is, 'managed,' next season, he may not start every match, and that will allow his understudy to get more playing time, but I would see that as a good thing.
Absolutely vegas i can see finishing his career at Brighton without a doubt
Up the Albion!!!!
I think players sch as Upson, guys that have, 'been there done that,' they know when things are right and when they are not. For Upson the move to Brighton was right and a move anywhere else at this stage of his career would be wrong.
With the level of experience he has, he doesn't need a physio to tell him anything, he knows if he is capable of going out and doing his job, and he will say something if he feels isn't able to. If by chance Greer were to leave during the summer, then I could see Upson would taking over as captain for the year and then maybe hanging up his boots.
[quote][p][bold]JeffLomer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: I can't see Upson playing for any other club next season, he will get a new deal and rightly so. As I suggested yesterday, if John Terry can do another year at Chelsea then Upson can do another with us. It might be that his playing time is, 'managed,' next season, he may not start every match, and that will allow his understudy to get more playing time, but I would see that as a good thing.[/p][/quote]Absolutely vegas i can see finishing his career at Brighton without a doubt Up the Albion!!!![/p][/quote]I think players sch as Upson, guys that have, 'been there done that,' they know when things are right and when they are not. For Upson the move to Brighton was right and a move anywhere else at this stage of his career would be wrong. With the level of experience he has, he doesn't need a physio to tell him anything, he knows if he is capable of going out and doing his job, and he will say something if he feels isn't able to. If by chance Greer were to leave during the summer, then I could see Upson would taking over as captain for the year and then maybe hanging up his boots. VegasSeagull
  • Score: 5

7:09pm Fri 2 May 14

JeffLomer says...

Free money wrote:
ringtone wrote:
JeffLomer wrote:
Nice to see matt declare himself fit and available for Forest game, why do people assume this is upsons last season with us, might join lower team in perm do me a favour he had chance last season when at Stoke but we got him on loan, the lad is 35 maybe got another season or two left in him playing time, he won't leave he will end his career at our great club, what a honour to have matt playing for Brighton!!
Up the Albion!!;!
What a small time mentality you have.

Its his honour to play for us.

The truth is he is just a stopper, who is not very good on the ball, you dont get to play for Stoke for no reason.
Could not put it better.People like this will soon have the crowds back down to about 14k.
what a waste off space you two are you have no interest in Brighton what's so ever, free money you said on another thread that you think I don't go to games 21st away game tomorrow can you or ring price say the same, no I don't think so, what a waste off life skin you both are!!!
Up the Albion!!!!
[quote][p][bold]Free money[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ringtone[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]JeffLomer[/bold] wrote: Nice to see matt declare himself fit and available for Forest game, why do people assume this is upsons last season with us, might join lower team in perm do me a favour he had chance last season when at Stoke but we got him on loan, the lad is 35 maybe got another season or two left in him playing time, he won't leave he will end his career at our great club, what a honour to have matt playing for Brighton!! Up the Albion!!;![/p][/quote]What a small time mentality you have. Its his honour to play for us. The truth is he is just a stopper, who is not very good on the ball, you dont get to play for Stoke for no reason.[/p][/quote]Could not put it better.People like this will soon have the crowds back down to about 14k.[/p][/quote]what a waste off space you two are you have no interest in Brighton what's so ever, free money you said on another thread that you think I don't go to games 21st away game tomorrow can you or ring price say the same, no I don't think so, what a waste off life skin you both are!!! Up the Albion!!!! JeffLomer
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8:18pm Fri 2 May 14

brightonup says...

Too late!

sadly they finally got what they wanted today. But keep up the good work.
Too late! sadly they finally got what they wanted today. But keep up the good work. brightonup
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11:00pm Fri 2 May 14

VegasSeagull says...

brightonup wrote:
Too late!

sadly they finally got what they wanted today. But keep up the good work.
have been sorely tempted, but my resolve has held steady
[quote][p][bold]brightonup[/bold] wrote: Too late! sadly they finally got what they wanted today. But keep up the good work.[/p][/quote]have been sorely tempted, but my resolve has held steady VegasSeagull
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