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Asian teen has role-model designs
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Brighton supporters will be introduced to a young man with a mission when they take on Blackpool in today's Division Two clash at the Withdean Stadium.

The match provides a home debut for 19-year-old Zeshan Rehman, who has joined Brigh-ton on a month's loan from Fulham but wants to become a regular with the Premiership club to encourage more Asians to turn professional.

The Birmingham-born player marked his league debut with a spectacular goal in Brighton's 3-1 midweek win at Rushden & Diamonds and is keen to become a role model.

"I think once there are one or two Asians making an impression, more will follow. I know there are a lot of Asian players that are good enough."

A win would lift Brighton above Port Vale if the leaders come unstuck at Wrexham, a possibility also for Queen's Park Rangers, who yesterday added the former Derby captain Warren Barton to their roster.

A month ago, QPR would have fancied adding to a decent goal difference against a Grim-sby side beaten 8-1 at Carlisle, but the Mariners manager, Paul Groves, has seen his defence recover so well that Grimsby have not let in a goal in their last 295 minutes on the field.

The Third Division leaders, Hull, travel to managerless Northampton with a warning from their manager, Peter Taylor. "Northampton have not started as well as they would have liked, but they spent some money in the summer. Their caretaker manager, Richard Hill, will tell them to prove themselves so we will have to work very hard to get a result."