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Potter looking at options to help Molumby


Jayson Molumby. Photo: Sportsfile

Jayson Molumby. Photo: Sportsfile

Jayson Molumby. Photo: Sportsfile

Brighton boss Graham Potter says he won't rush any decision to send Ireland prospect Jayson Molumby out on loan for next season.

Waterford native Molumby impressed on loan with Millwall last season and has been promoted to the senior Ireland squad by Stephen Kenny, he is due to report for duty tomorrow ahead of Thursday's Nations League tie in Bulgaria.

Molumby has stated his desire to press on next season and said he would prefer to go on loan again instead of biding his time in the Seagulls reserves.

A return to Millwall for a second spell, where he would hook up with compatriot Troy Parrott, is an option, and Potter has not ruled out the idea of retaining Molumby with a view to putting him into the Brighton squad.

"He had a really good experience at Millwall last year and he's in pre-season with us now, he has the right attitude and personality," Potter told OTB Sports. "He is desperate to play and we have to try and help him with the next steps of his career.

"I like Jayson a lot, I like his personality and football attributes, he is desperate to play and learn and improve, as a coach you have to respect that they want to carry on developing."

Meanwhile, former Ireland international Stephen Ireland has been told by Swindon Town that he has to lower his wage demands if he expects to get a contract offer there.

The 34-year-old has not played in two years but wants to revive his career, even floating the idea of a return to the international squad after a 13-year absence.

Ireland has been training with Swindon, newly promoted to League One, but manager Richie Wellens says the Cork native needs to be more realistic with his financial expectations.

"Noel Hunt (assistant manager) has been dealing with Stephen because he knows him from his Ireland days and stuff like that," Wellens said.

"He's spoken with his agent, the agent asked for too much money originally so I just told Noel to go back with a different offer and see if he can go there.

"It has to be in our favour, it has to work both ways. We're doing him a favour in terms of getting him up and running because I don't see a massive long queue of clubs willing to take him. But also he'll be doing us a favour because he does have certain qualities that will improve us so we'll wait and see."