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Exeter reject Brighton bid for playmaker Ryan Harley

Ryan Harley
Harley signed for the Grecians from Weston-super-Mare

Exeter City have revealed they have rejected several bids for influential midfielder Ryan Harley from League One leaders Brighton.

The 25-year-old, who is out of contract in the summer, has netted eight goals for the Grecians this term.

Exeter director of football Steve Perryman told the club website: "We're well aware of interest in Ryan.

"It would be counter-productive to sell unless we receive a more interesting offer than those received so far."

"We are very appreciative of the great job the manager [Paul Tisdale] is doing her and we want to give him the best tools available to continue that job, rather than take one of them away and weaken the team for the next 25 or so games," Perryman added.

Harley began his career at Bristol City, moving to Weston-super-Mare before joining Exeter in 2007.

Brighton made their first signing of the January transfer window last week, bringing winger Craig Noone to the club for an undisclosed fee from Exeter's local rivals Plymouth Argyle.

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