Dundalk Town midfielder Richie Towell has signed for Championship leaders Brighton and Hove Albion. The Irish midfielder led the League of Ireland winners to a famous double this year. However, with messages from the Republic of Ireland management that they would take players based in England more seriously as far as international squad selection is concerned, a move was always likely.
Towell has been the league’s standout player the past year, and despite reported interest from League Two, he has held out and got a big move.
The 24 year-old Dubliner will be eligible to play for Chris Hughton’s side as of January 2nd.
Speaking to the official club website, Hughton spoke of his excitement at the prospect.
“Richie’s had a wonderful season in Ireland and scored a lot of goals for the champions Dundalk from midfield, and that really caught our eye.
“He is something different to the number of very good midfield options we already have here at the club, and I am really looking forward to having him as part of our squad in the New Year.
“He had a lot of good options available for his next move; here in England, in Scotland, in Ireland with Dundalk and in Europe, so we are delighted he has decided to join us.
“He’s played a full season since March, but has already made it clear he is keen to be ready to play in January, and keen to begin training with us as soon as possible.
“We will give him some time off for a well-deserved break, as he’s played a lot of football in the past nine months, but I am certain he will be ready for us in January and will be an excellent addition to the squad.”
It is a serious coup for the English side as they push for the Premier League, and a serious boost for Towell as he looks to break into Ireland’s squad for Euro 2016.