Rea has rejoined the Rebels having trained with the squad over the past couple weeks in pre-season. The 29-year-old initially joined the Rebels on a free transfer last October but decided to take a break from football altogether in December last year.

He made five appearances for the Reds in the National League South last term before stepping away from football. Now, feeling rejuvenated from his break, Rea shared his excitement about returning to football at Woodside Road.

“I needed that little break”, said Rea, “but everywhere I’ve been since I’ve always seemed to have a ball at my feet so I’ve never lost the love for football.

“I’m just happy that I’ve been given an opportunity again by this club and I’m really looking forward to giving my all”Glen Rea

Glen Rea in action for the Rebels against St Albans City in December last year.

Boss Chris Agutter commented, “Glen has come in over the last two weeks and has been top drawer. The quality, character and leadership he’s brought to the environment has been second to none.

“Glen further bolsters our defensive line as well as giving us a really combative option in midfield that will compliment Willsy, Tyrese and Spongy. Glen’s experience will be key in the challenge ahead. He’s been there and done it, and, in all honesty, needs no introduction from me.”

The former Republic of Ireland U21 international spent the best part of eight years at Luton Town, amassing 207 appearances for the Hatters and was part of the teams that won promotion from League Two and League One, also helping them establish themselves in the Championship in the 2019/20 season.

After making just 13 appearances for the Hatters in the first half of the 21/22 season, Rea joined Wigan Athletic on loan in the January window. Unfortunately, his spell was cut short after suffering a knee injury during the Latics’ 1-0 win over AFC Wimbledon that season.

After missing nearly a year of football, Rea continued his rehab in the second half of the 2022/23 season on loan at Cheltenham, helping the Robins avoid the drop in League One.

Rea was born in Brighton and began his career with the Seagulls, signing his first professional contract in 2013. He made his debut for the Seagulls in 2015 before loan spells with Southend United and Luton Town, who he joined permanently in 2016.