Date of birth
Republic of Ireland
Highly-rated former 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 in March 2016, making ten appearances, and signed permanently in June 2016.
The Sussex-born player had made his debut for Albion in August 2015 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 the close season to be reunited with Nathan Jones, who he worked under at Brighton, ahead of interest from the Shrimpers.
Rea made his 100th appearance for the club in a 2-2 draw at Coventry in February 2018, having been one of the top appearance makers in the last two seasons.
The 26-year-old penned a new contract with the Hatters in the summer of 2018.
Rea broke into the team early on in the 2018/19 campaign and was a stalwart as the shield in front of the defence before a serious knee injury ended his season in December.
Spent a month on loan with Woking to aid his injury recovery, before making his comeback into the first team during the away defeat against Stoke City.
Made an additional 14 appearances for the remainder of the season, playing an integral role in helping the club maintain their status in the Championship.
Rea's contribution to the team continued the following season after he signed a new contract before making 40 appearances in the league. The midfielder scored three times, the first of which came against Nottingham Forest in October.
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