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13 January 2017

Three players in Simon Rusk's side are heading out on loan.

Brighton & Hove Albion under-23 winger Joe Ward is joining National League table toppers Lincoln City for a month, while team-mates Connor Tighe and Tom Cadman are also heading out on loan.

The 21-year-old has been a regular in Simon Rusk's side since his arrival from Chelmsford City in June 2015; and he has also featured in four of Albion's five Checkatrade Trophy matches this season.

Rusk said, "This is a great opportunity for Joe to go and play regular senior football, at a club who are enjoying a very successful season in the National League.

"It'll be a great experience for him, and similar to Jordan Maguire-Drew at Dagenham & Redbridge, he can really benefit from regular football at that level."

Ward will train full-time with Lincoln, and is eligible for their FA Trophy match at Gateshead tomorrow, and their National League game with Dover next Friday.

He won't be eligible for their FA Cup replay with Ipswich next Tuesday, having not been registered prior to the original meeting of the clubs. Nor will he be permitted to face Albion, should Lincoln progress into the fourth round.
Meanwhile, Tighe is heading out on loan to National League South side Whitehawk, while Cadman is set to join East Grinstead, who play in the Ryman League South.

Rusk added, "Similarly, this is a great opportunity for Connor and Tom to play regular senior football, and gain good experience from playing week-in, week-out.

"Both will continue to train with us alongside their commitments at their loan clubs, and it's a great chance for each of them to continue on their development path."

Under the terms of the youth loan, Cadman and Tighe can also feature for Albion's under-23s.

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