Towell keen to consider all his options as Seagulls hover
Brighton boss Chris Hughton has admitted that the Championship title-chasers are aware of Richie Towell's quality, but indicated they face a fight to secure the services of the out-of-contract Dundalk star.
"He's had a wonderful season and I certainly would be aware of him because of where he's played but we're conscious that lots of other clubs are also aware of him," Hughton told Newstalk. "I think he's done very, very well for himself.
"If you have a good enough individual that's done well enough, there's every chance they can excel in another league."
Towell said yesterday that he had spoken with Brighton and believes they are an attractive fit, but confirmed that he had other options to consider.
"They are a good club that has good pedigree and has a lovely stadium and things like that," said the Dubliner, speaking after being named SWAI/SSE Airtricity Player of the Month for November. The FAI Cup hero has broken new ground by winning the monthly award three times in the one season.
"Playing football is very important to me as well. I just have to weigh everything up. The manager, no matter what team it's at, will have his team and players but I don't think he'll be bringing me in to play reserve football. I'm 24 now and I'd like to imagine that I'll be in contention after a few games in the reserves to get my sharpness."
Towell revealed that clubs from further afield have made enquiries but his Euro 2016 ambitions are drawing him towards the Championship.
"There's been a bit of interest from the States, from Poland, from Turkey and Canada as well," he said.
"Obviously, I'd prefer to go to England, if I'm honest. If I want to play in the Irish national team, that would be a good step."
However, he is keeping his French ambitions in check given that Martin O'Neill has a settled squad. "It's probably a distance away," he said.
"The lads that have been in every squad they will probably feel hard done by if someone came with a late push but, if I did go over, I'd give it my all to get in the manager's eye, make him come watch me and if you're playing well and scoring it's a hard decision to leave you out."
His short-term priority is finding the right deal quickly given that he's got a baby on the way. "Obviously clubs want to get you for as cheap as they can and I want to get as much as I can," he said. "You'd like to think that by the end of the week, something would be done."