It’s two steps down in terms of divisions, but Richie Towell’s sojourn to League One Rotherham United was a necessary one.
The Inchicore man’s move to Brighton and Hove Albion from Dundalk in late 2015 promised so much, but a string of injuries has seen him struggle to get into Chris Hughton’s side.
The Seagulls chased promotion for the first eighteen months of Towell’s arrival, finally doing so earlier this year. So far this season however, the 26-year-old has only made an appearance in the League Cup against Barnet, failing to make it into the Premier League matchday squads.
Following a 2016/17 season where he only made two appearances, it was necessary to get playing time elsewhere, and Rotherham was the likely destination as far back as January as he told the club’s official website.
“It’s a great club here. The gaffer has great, great ambitions and it’s something I want to be a part of”, Towell beamed.
“There was a good bit of interest throughout the window, and on deadline day Rotherham came in and I couldn’t turn it down. They tried to sign me in January but Brighton wouldn’t let me go. They were pushing for promotion at the time and wanted to keep as strong a squad as possible. It was unfortunate, but I’m delighted to come here now. I’m fit and I’m ready to go.
The intensity in training is good. The set-up here is brilliant. The club is moving in the right direction.”
Many of the Rotherham faithful may be unfamiliar with Towell, but he was excited at what he can offer, which Dundalk fans can vouch for.
“I’m a centre midfielder. I’ve a lot of energy and I like to get a few goals,” Towell stated.
“I’ll get into the box as much as I can and hopefully I can bring some goals to the team. There’s a lot of competition in the team. I know it’s not going to be easy to walk into the team. But I’m willing to work and hard and try and push my way into the team.”
Any concerns about injuries no longer linger, and Towell feels he is well placed to push on in the third tier of English football.
“I just need to get back playing. I was a bit unfortunate, I got injured at the start of pre-season last year. But since then I haven’t had any problems, touch wood. I feel good, I feel fit. I need to get into the team first and foremost and then kick on.”