Brighton & Hove Albion defender Glen Rea is enjoying his loan spell at Southend United and has been impressed by the quality in the Shrimpers’ squad.
The 21-year-old joined the League One club on a loan deal until January and has made seven appearances for Phil Brown’s side.
He told seagulls.co.uk, “I’m really enjoying it here. I am out of the team at the minute, but I’ve come here to work as hard as I can and continue to improve.
“At first it was difficult for me coming to a new club and you’ve got to adapt, but the boys here have been brilliant and allowed me to settle in very quickly.
“It’s a good standard with some decent players and it’s a good place to get some more experience under my belt.
“The game I have enjoyed most was probably the 2-1 win over Peterborough.
“I enjoyed coming on as a sub in the 2-0 win at Millwall too because it was a different type of atmosphere.”
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Rea is now eager to impress on the international scene, after being called up to the Republic of Ireland under-21 squad for their upcoming European Championship qualifiers at home to Lithuania and away in Italy.
“I’m buzzing; it’s a massive honour for me to be involved every time and I’m very happy to be called up again.
“Lithuania are going to provide us with a tough test, but we’ll do our best to try and win the game.
“It will be a step up from the Andorra game, but we need to approach it with the same mindset to try and get the three points.
“The Italy match will be a great one to play in and will be a massive test. The group is strong, but hopefully we can come out of it with some good results to move forward in our qualifying campaign.”