Republic of Ireland international Jayson Molumby has joined Preston North End on loan from Brighton until the end of the season. 

The 21-year-old Waterford midfielder had gotten minimal opportunities with Brighton this season, playing just a couple of minutes in the Premier League in the closing stages of their 2-1 win over Aston Villa in November. 

The South London Press reported this afternoon that Brighton had rejected a bid from Millwall for Molumby. The nature of the bid was undisclosed but it was reported that it would have broken the club's record transfer fee. The Irish international made for 40 appearances for Millwall last season while on loan from Brighton.

Now, Molumby is on loan again, this time to Preston North End, where he will link up with international teammates Alan Browne and Seanie Maguire. 

In a statement to the club's website, Molumby expressed his satisfaction with the move. 

"I am really happy to be here. I spoke to the gaffer and the Irish boys here, who I know quite well, and it was a no brainer in the end and I am looking forward to getting started.

"Seani [Maguire] and Alan [Browne] speak very highly of the club and then the gaffer spoke to me and was the same and, in the end, I just wanted to get it done and I am really excited to get going and I just want to play some games and help the team."

Manager Alex Neil said of his new No.21: "I think this is a signal of intent from us and he is a great acquisition. He has great energy, is good on the ball and is an Irish international.

"He has played at this level before for Millwall and he knows what it is about and we are delighted to get it across the line."