Brighton forgotten man Billy Arce has contracted terminated without making single appearance in FOUR years

Brighton forgotten man Billy Arce has contracted terminated without making single appearance in FOUR years

March 1, 2022

BRIGHTON winger Billy Arce has had his contract terminated without making a single appearance for the club.

The Ecuadorian, 23, joined Albion in August 2018 before loans to Spanish second division side Extremadura and a number of clubs back in his homeland.

He was unlikely to ever break into Graham Potter’s plans so has been allowed to rip up his deal to find game-time elsewhere.

David Weir, working as Seagulls' acting technical director following Dan Ashworth’s exit, said: “With the transfer window still open for various leagues until the end of February, we came to this agreement as it was to the benefit of both the player and the club.

“Billy was keen to play regular football and at this moment we are unable to give him that guarantee. We wish him well in his aim to achieve that and all the very best for the future.”

Arce had stints on loan at CS Semelec. CS Barcelona and Quito in addition to Extremadura.

However the forward netted just 10 goals in 64 appearances for Quito between January 2020 and December last year.

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It is thought Arce’s departure is likely to be felt most by his compatriot Moises Caicedo.

The duo left Ecuadorian side Independiente for moves to Albion and are claimed to have developed a close bond.

Caicedo, 20, was a member of Independiente’s Under-21s team when Arce was their senior squad.

The midfielder, who joined the Seagulls in February last year, has spent part of this season on loan at Belgium top-flight side Beerschot V.A.

And Caicedo has made just two senior appearances for Potter's side in FA and Carabao Cup encounters.

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