Brighton and Hove Albion have completed the signing of Richie Towell from Dundalk 4 years ago

Brighton and Hove Albion have completed the signing of Richie Towell from Dundalk

A big move.

PFAI Player of the Year Richie Towell has completed his move from Dundalk to Brighton and Hove Albion, the current leaders of the nPower Championship.

Towell has signed a two and a half year deal with Chris Hughton’s side, although the deal will not officially go through until the re-opening of the transfer window in January when the club can register the move with the Football League.

Subject to international clearance, Towell will be eligible to play for his new club from January 2, when he will be hoping to replicate the sensational form he showed domestically this season, with 29 goals from midfield as Dundalk claimed the Airtricity League and FAI Cup double.

Commenting on the signing of Towell, Seagulls boss Chris Hughton said: "Richie's had a wonderful season in Ireland and scored a lot of goals for the champions Dundalk from midfield, and that really caught our eye.

"He is something different to the number of very good midfield options we already have here at the club, and I am really looking forward to having him as part of our squad in the New Year.

"He had a lot of good options available for his next move; here in England, in Scotland, in Ireland with Dundalk and in Europe, so we are delighted he has decided to join us.

"He's played a full season since March, but has already made it clear he is keen to be ready to play in January, and keen to begin training with us as soon as possible.

"We will give him some time off for a well-deserved break, as he's played a lot of football in the past nine months, but I am certain he will be ready for us in January and will be an excellent addition to the squad."

SSE Airtricity League Premier Division, Oriel Park, Dundalk 30/10/2015 Dundalk vs Bray Wanderers Dundalk's Richie Towell celebrates scoring his side's fourth goal Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Donall Farmer

A big loss to the League of Ireland, but a big move for the 24-year old.

We wish Richie all the best.