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Thursday, March 22, 2007

Deadline Loan Out...Rehman to Brighton

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R's defender Zesh Rehman has joined League One outfit Brighton & Hove Albion on loan for the remainder of the season.

The 23 year-old - who joined Rangers from Fulham for an undisclosed fee in the summer - links up with fellow R's loanee Nicky Ward at the Withdean Stadium.

Rehman has made 25 starts in all competitions for the Hoops this season, but gaffer John Gregory believes the move will suit both the player and the Club.

"Zesh has still got two more years on his contract here, but it's in his and the Club's best interests that he goes out on loan to play some competitive football.

"He's a great professional and he's still very much our player. Going to Brighton presents him with an ideal opportunity to get his confidence back.''

Rehman previously spent two spells on loan with the Seagulls during the 2003/04 campaign, finding the back of the net twice in 11 appearances.


QPR defender Zesh Rehman has today agreed to his third loan spell with the Albion.
The deal, which has been completed just short of the loan deadline of 5pm, sees Rehman join the Seagulls until the end of the season.
Rehman became the club's first Asian player when he was originally signed by Steve Coppell as a midfielder in September 2003 when still a Fulham player. He made a dramatic impact, scoring a spectacular goal on his debut in a 3-1 win at Rushden & Diamonds.
He then returned to Craven Cottage after the initial month, only to return to Withdean a few weeks later for a second month under Mark McGhee. In all Rehman made 13 appearances in a blue and white shirt, scoring two goals.
He has since enjoyed a three-month loan spell at Norwich - during which time he played against the Seagulls in the Canaries' 3-0 win at Carrow Road in February 2006 - before signing permanently for QPR in August.
Rehman has found first team opportunities limited at Loftus Road following the arrival of former Albion captain Danny Cullip from Nottingham Forest.
He will link up with the squad on Friday and will be available for the visit of Huddersfield this weekend. Brighton

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