ALBION defender Ezequiel Schelotto could still have a future at the club.

Head coach Graham Potter says there is a clean slate for the players out-of-favour under previous manager Chris Hughton.

"I think there has to be," Potter told The Argus when asked about Schelotto.

"I don't think it's fair to come in with a pre-conceived idea and judgement on anybody.

"That is one of the benefits of somebody coming in with a new set of eyes.

"Of course there are players that have been playing and have done well for the football club and carry that respect, but at the same time I think everybody should be aware that there is an opportunity.

"We want to try to maximise the group and understand as much as we can about them."

Schelotto is still recovering from a cruciate knee ligament injury sustained at the start of a loan spell with Chievo in Italy last season.

The 30-year-old Argentinian right-back became surplus to requirements under Hughton last season.

He has not featured since the 4-0 hammering at Liverpool on the final day of the 2017-18 campaign but still has a year left on his contract.

Potter's fresh start pledge gives hope to Schelotto and other fringe members of the squad like Markus Suttner and Tomer Hemed.

Austrian left-back Suttner spent the second half of last season on loan to Fortuna Dusseldorf.

Albion last month triggered a one-year option on the deal of Israeli striker Tomer Hemed following his season-long loan with Queens Park Rangers.