Midfielder. Highly-rated Republic of Ireland Under-21 international who can operate as a holding midfielder or centre-half. Rea joined the Hatters on loan from Championship club Brighton & Hove Albion last March, making ten appearances, and signed permanently in June. The Sussex-born player had made his debut for Albion last August in the Capital One Cup against Southend, who he went on to join on loan for a three-month spell before his temporary stint at Kenilworth Road. Opted to rejoin the Hatters in June and be reunited with Nathan Jones, who he worked under at Brighton, ahead of interest from the Shrimpers.