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Richie Towell has joined Salford City on a free transfer.
The Irish midfielder has spent the last two years on loan at Rotherham United from Brighton, but has now moved to the newly promoted League Two club owned by the Class of ’92.
Towell says Salford are a club “with a lot of ambition”, and the former Dundalk midfielder is targeting promotion with his new side after signing a two-year deal with the club.
“I’m really excited to join Salford City, I know it’s a club with a lot of ambition,” the 27-year-old said.
“You can see that the club is going in the right direction, it has the right people on board and I’m really excited to be a part of something special.
“I want to add to what the team has already been doing, they have been doing really well over the last few seasons so hopefully I can just add to that.
“Being a central midfielder it would be nice to get some goals and assists and to excite the fans as well.
“I think with the ambitions that the club has, to get promoted is definitely one of them. Obviously we’ve just been promoted last year so it’s a big task, but I’m sure with the people involved with the club it’s something that we’re well capable of and that we’re all really excited for.”
Towell was the standout player in the SSE Airtricity League during his hugely successful spell at Dundalk, and his performances led to Chris Hughton signing him for Brighton in 2015.
The Dubliner struggled to break into the Seagulls’ team, but impressed on loan at Rotherham, where he won promotion to the Championship in his first season.
Towell has been included in several Republic of Ireland provisional squads, but is still awaiting his first cap at senior level for the Boys in Green.