Date: 1st February 2016 at 9:14am
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Young defender Glen Rea is now back at the Amex Stadium following his loan spell with Southend United.

The 21 year old made the move to Phil Brown’s League One side back at the end of August on a spell, and in his time with them he took in six starting appearances with a further ten from the bench and his last game for them came in their opening game of January against Doncaster.

Back with Brighton now and having most recently played in the Under 21 game against West Bromwich Albion on Monday, he’s been speaking to the Official Site about how he feels he had improved as a player of the games.

‘The experience I had was priceless and I enjoyed my time playing at Southend. It was really good and I`ve added experience to my own game since I came back. It`s good to get games playing here for the under-21s. I thought we were unlucky not to win on Monday because their goalkeeper made a great save at the end. On the balance of play, we should`ve won the game because they didn`t have many chances. Christian Walton pulled off a couple of good saves but on the whole we should`ve picked up the win. To keep a clean sheet is always excellent for the defence. The whole team did well, we were compact and kept our shape well as a team.’

Of course with experience under his belt now he’s hoping to impress himself on manager Chris Hughton and build on the two first team appearances he has in our first team.

‘I`m just going to keep working hard in training and every time I play for the under-21s, I`ll keep doing my best. The gaffer said I`ve been training well. I do need to get some more experience, but we`ll see what happens. Chris (Walton) and I live together and we`re really close friends. I thought he did well and the experience he has of going out on loan (Plymouth) has been brilliant. It`s vital for us to play in these games since we`ve been back, because they`re very physical tests against very good teams.’

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