The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Paddy von Behr

THE BALL is in Brighton and Glen Rea’s court, ac­cord­ing to Southend boss Phil Brown, af­ter he tabled an of­fer to keep the on-loan de­fender at the Shrimpers on a per­ma­nent deal.

Rea, 21, is due back at the Seag­ulls af­ter yes­ter­day’s clash at Don­caster Rovers sig­nalled the last game of his loan spell at Southend.

And though most of his ap­pear­ances have come off the bench, Brown has made it clear that Rea is a wanted man at Roots Hall.

But Brown also ad­mits Brighton hold most of the cards.

“I want Glen to stay at the foot­ball club be­yond Satur­day,” said Brown. “I would like to of­fer him a two-and-a-hal­fyear deal and I’ve told him.

“How­ever, it’s not all down to us and much of what hap­pens is go­ing to be down to Brighton and their man­ager Chris Hughton be­cause he’s still un­der con­tract there un­til the end of the sea­son.

“There will be a win­dow of op­por­tu­nity for Glen at Brighton be­tween our matches with Don­caster and Swin­don.

“He will be go­ing back there to train so that Chris can have a look at him.

“But the one main thing we have in our ad­van­tage is that Glen loves it here.”

IN DE­MAND: Glen Rea

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