Date: 2nd December 2015 at 8:29am
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Which, if Richie Towell didn’t have his sights set on breaking into the Brighton first-team squad sooner, rather than later, why would he have signed for Albion!

His arrival was revealed on the Official Website earlier this week and despite the fact he can’t be considered for selection until January Towell’s already looking to force his way into Chris Hughton’s first-team squad.

It’s not just the Brighton first-team Towell is looking at he’s also looking to force his way into the Republic of Ireland squad too but knows first and foremost he’ll have to get into Hughton’s XI!

Towell said.

‘First and foremost, I need to break into the Brighton squad. They’ve got some very good players here.

‘I know it’s not going to be easy for me, but I’m determined to give the manager a few selection headaches. I’m really excited to get started.’

The 24-year-old knows he can’t play until the New Year so will be keeping himself ‘in the best shape’ to feature as soon as possible.

A ‘little break’ isn’t going to do him too much harm after a ‘long season at Dundalk’ but even so as he wants to play football he’s glad he’ll not be sat on the sidelines for too long, at least he hopes this will be the case, adding.

‘Obviously I cannot play until after 2nd January, so I need to keep myself in the best shape possible.

‘We had a long season at Dundalk, but I love football and don’t want too much of a break now. I want to keep my fitness up so I can hit the ground running and hopefully I can make an impact as soon as I get here.’

The attacking midfielder, who scored an impressive 29-goals in 44-matches last season and won the PFA Young Player of the Year in Ireland in 2013, of course has previous with Albion assistant Colin Calderwood as he was a player of his at Hibernian previously in his career and that would have helped bring him to the Amex Stadium.

He wasn’t short of offers though!

Working with Calderwood again appeals to Towell as does linking up with Hughton for a first time with him finishing by saying.

‘He seems like a great manager and to work with someone like him will be a great privilege.

‘I was very lucky to work with Colin Calderwood at Hibs (on loan from Celtic) and he brought me there when I was really young.

‘To get back and work with him will be brilliant and I’m really excited to get started now.’

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