We can inform that midfielder Glen Rea's contract was mutually terminated on a busy transfer deadline and gameday, capping a wonderful seven-year affiliation with the Hatters.
Given his contribution throughout that time, which included being a part of the teams that gained promotion from League Two and League One and, critically, avoided relegation from the Championship, the 28-year-old leaves Kenilworth Road with the best wishes of everyone at the Club.
He first joined the Hatters in March 2016 on loan from Brighton & Hove Albion, where he had previously played for manager Nathan Jones. He made 10 appearances before committing to the club permanently in June 2016. The Republic of Ireland Under-21 international, who can also play in midfield, was a crucial component of the team that advanced to the play-offs and later earned promotion from League Two as runners-up.
At Carlisle, Glen Rea celebrates his League Two promotion.
Rea signed a new contract with the Hatters that summer after making his 100th appearance for the team in a 2-2 draw at Coventry in February 2018. Prior to suffering a serious knee injury in December of the League One title-winning season, Rea frequently wore the captain's armband as the shield in front of the defense.
In order to help with his injury recovery, he spent a month on loan with Woking in 2019. He then made his comeback into the first team during the away loss to Stoke City and went on to make an additional 14 appearances for the rest of the season, playing a crucial role in helping the Town keep our status in the Championship.
He continued to contribute to the squad the following year, helping the Hatters finish 12th in the second division while making 40 league appearances and scoring three goals.
He made just 13 appearances for the Town in the first half of the Championship Play-off campaign, but he joined the 200-appearance club in another match against Coventry, this time a 5-0 victory at Kenilworth Road in September 2021. The following January, he went out on loan to Wigan in search of regular football.
After a second extended period of recovery from an injury sustained while playing for the Latics, he continued his recovery in the second half of last season while on loan at Cheltenham, saving the Robins from relegation to League One.
Everyone at Kenilworth Road would like to congratulate Glen for his excellent service on and off the field throughout our ascent to the Premier League. Glen made a total of 207 appearances for the Hatters, scoring eight goals.
With his numerous Town-supporting pals, Glen will always be a welcome guest at Kenilworth Road and in any away end, where he can frequently be seen cheering on the team when he isn't playing!
Glen Rea engaged in usual confrontational behavior against Hull City in a Championship encounter.
The well-liked midfielder stated, "I'm so proud of what everyone has achieved in my time at the club," after his departure was officially announced. With so many players and staff members being here the entire time, it's been a crazy ride and we've all shared some fantastic highs. It has been an honor to be a part of history, and it will never be possible to replicate what Luton Town Football Club has done with that core.
"I still will, but moving forward I'll be as a fan because I'll never lose my love for the team. I've made a ton of friends, both among the staff members who work diligently behind the scenes to make the club what it is and the supporters as well as in the football community. Even though I would have preferred to perform constantly, I have enjoyed some amazing nights among the audience and am grateful for their unwavering support.
You may expect to see me at games no matter where my next move takes me. But for the time being, I'd like to thank everyone I've worked with, including the staff, directors, players, managers, coaches, and great medical team and sports scientists. I also want to wish the club continued success on its incredible path.