Richie Towell’s career in England has not exactly gone according to plan, as many Irish fans had hoped to see the former Dundalk star take the game by storm.
A series of injuries has seen the 26-year-old struggle to break into Chris Hughton’s first team at Brighton and Hove Albion, as the side won promotion to the Premier League last season.
Anybody who follows the League of Ireland can appreciate that the midfielder is more than capable of bursting into life at any point, but so far he has found life difficult in Brighton.
It has been announced that Towell will join Rotherham on loan for the season. The Millers play their football in League One, and although this represents a step down for Towell, it is an opportunity to get game-time.
Manager Hughton has not given up on the star, and judging by his comments, will give Towell every chance to succeed.
“Richie wants to play regularly and this is an ideal opportunity for him to do that. It’s a move that benefits all three parties: the player, ourselves and Rotherham.
“Richie is a great professional that always works hard in training, and this will provide him with the opportunity to play regular first-team matches.”
At 26, Towell’s dreams of making it big in England are not yet dashed, but there is a sense that he would want to start producing top form soon.