Shane Duffy has revealed his boss was right to drop him.

But he is in great heart for what could be another big indication of his return to prominence with Albion.

The centre-back is likely to start at Norwich City on Saturday, even if Adam Webster has recovered from a hamstring injury which kept him out for a month.

Duffy played in the Seagulls’ most recent trip to Carrow Road - but only went on four minutes into stoppage time as the fifth substitution made by his team.

Restart rules permitted five changes and Duffy went on to add height at right-back as Albion clung to a precious 1-0 win.

Now back in favour for club and country, he said: “I’m taking it day by day, by one step and that is where I am at the minute. I’m enjoying playing football, I’m loving it.”

Duffy could be rested by boss Stephen Kenny as Republic of Ireland host Qatar in a friendly tonight.

But it will be a very different scenario to when Kenny left him out of World Cup qualifiers in March at the peak of his woes on loan at Celtic.

Duffy said: “It was the right decision because I was nowhere near the level that I can show.

“A blind man could have seen that I was nowhere near where I had been at.

“He still brought me into the squad to be around the lads to help if I could even if I was not playing. I accepted that.

“You have to play well to play for your country so that was the right decision.”


Now back in favour due to his Albion form, Duffy helped the Republic win 3-0 in Azerbaijan.

Kenny will make changes against Qatar which could be good news for Albion forward Aaron Connolly, who remained on the bench in Baku.