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Rehman off with The Seagulls again

last updated Saturday 15th November 2003, 7:37 AM
Fulham starlet Zesh Rehman has returned to Brighton & Hove Albion for his second loan spell of the season.

Rehman's initial month-long stint at The Withdean Stadium concluded a fortnight ago when Fulham required the midfielder to cover for injuries.

Fulham defender Alain Goma
Fulham midfielder
Zesh Rehman
But Chris Coleman has decided he no longer requires the 20-year-old as back-up and has allowed Rehman to spend another four weeks with Brighton to gain experience.

The youngster, who scored twice in six appearances for The Seagulls, was delighted to head back to the South Coast.

"It's definitely good to be back," Rehman told the club's website. "I only found out a couple of days ago, but as soon as I found out that I could come back, I snapped it up straight away.

"I'm looking forward to playing again. I've missed playing for the Albion to be honest."

Brighton boss Mark McGhee was equally buoyant to re-sign Rehman for a second month and there is the potential for a longer stay.

"We wanted Zesh to stay when he went back to Fulham a few weeks ago, but they've allowed him to come back, so we're grateful for that," commented McGhee.

"We know what he can do, and now we've got to get the best out of him."

Speaking to Fulham Today, Reserve Team Manager Paul Nevin was pleased that Rehman has been given another opportunity at Brighton.

"Playing in the Second Division tests players like Zesh in different ways," he said. "We've sent him out to experience the physical element and get a taste of the real word. Playing in front of crowds, with points at stake places a whole different set of pressure on players.

"He's taken on that responsibility well; he looks the part and has thrived on playing in that environment.

"Zesh is technically so good that he can play in a number of positions. We feel that he's most suited to the central midfield because he can receive the ball from the back, his touch is immaculate and he can play some really good forward passes."
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