'Overall it hasn't gone to plan, I'm not going to lie'

Richie Towell admits his Brighton move has not worked out as he had hoped, but remains optimistic about the future.

Updated at 17.24

RICHIE TOWELL ADMITS his move to Brighton has not gone according to plan but remains optimistic that he can make a success of his career in English football.

Having caught the eye while playing three seasons at Dundalk, Towell joined Chris Hughton’s side in November 2015.

Since then, however, the Dubliner has endured a frustrating time, with injury problems and the form of others limiting Towell to just five senior appearances — three of which have been in the FA Cup.

And while the attacking midfielder looks set to go out on loan for the 2017-18 campaign with opportunities at the newly promoted Premier League club likely to be restricted again, the Seagulls’ offer of a new contract suggests he may yet have a future at Falmer Stadium.

(Chris Hughton) always said to me even though I wasn’t playing how highly he rates me,” Towell told RTÉ. “Sometimes you don’t believe it when you’re not playing, but when they give you a new contract you kind of start believing. It gave me a new lease of life.

“Overall it hasn’t gone to plan, I’m not going to lie. I would have liked to play more, I think everybody knows that. But the experience I’ve had with the club has been amazing. I need to go now and play somewhere.”

I want to play football and if it means having to drop down to League One, which is still a really good standard, you seen the clubs that got promoted this year, Sheffield United and teams like that, they’re massive clubs. If I had the opportunity to play for one of them it would be hard to turn down.”

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