Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill has warned Brighton midfielder Richie Towell that he must start playing regularly for the Championship club if he wants to be considered for Euro 2016.
Towell agreed to join the south coast club in November 2015 but was ineligible to play for the Seagulls until January.
The 24-year-old earned his move to join Chris Hughton’s side off the back of a remarkable campaign with Dundalk in the Irish Premier Division.
The midfielder played a key role in helping his side to win the title and the Cup as he netted a remarkable 27 times in 38 games.
However, he has featured just once for Brighton, who are priced at 3.25 to earn promotion, and is yet to get the nod to turn out in the league as his chances remain extremely limited.
The former Celtic man joined Brighton with the view of forcing his way in the Republic of Ireland senior set-up, having previously represented his nation up to under-21 level.
O’Neill admitted that it is never too late for make a case for a spot at next summer’s showpiece event, but insists he will not travel to watch Towell playing for the reserves.
He said: “It’s never too late. Although I did say to young Towell a couple of months ago when he was making the move, if he thinks that I’m going to travel on down to Brighton to watch him playing in the reserves he’s got another thing coming.
“Let him break into the team, let him get there and be part of it. It’s been tough so far but he can definitely push on.”