Ireland boss Martin O'Neill tells Brighton star Richie Towell to bide his time for call-up

It doesn't look like Towell will be heading to Euro 2016.

Brighton and Hove Albion pulled off a great coup with the signing of the League of Ireland player of the year and former Celtic trainee Richie Towell in January.

The move was supposed to be a stepping stone toward selection for the Ireland senior national team.

A former Celtic youngster the Irishman went back to his homeland with Dundalk in 2013. A former Ireland Under-21 international, he is yet to make his mark for the senior side and a move to England might have been the key to making it into the Ireland national set-up.

However that has not been the case, as he has struggled for first-team football at the Amex.

Now the Ireland boss Martin O'Neill has shared his sympathy for the player. The former Aston Villa manager was quoted as telling this week:

"It’s never too late.

"Although I did say to young Towell a couple of months ago when he was making the move, if he thinks that I’m going to travel on down to Brighton to watch him playing in the reserves he’s got another thing coming.

"Let him break into the team, let him get there and be part of it. It’s been tough so far but he can definitely push on."

Towell certainly demonstrated his ability this season. The midfielder mustered an immense 27 goals in 38 games from midfield, helping his Dundalk side win the Irish Premier Division and FA Cup this year.

However since the move to the South-Coast he has played just once for Brighton and is still waiting for his Championship debut for the promotion hunting Seagulls.

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