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Crawley Town identify potential new training ground site



Crawley Town are closing in on finding a new training ground which will give them an all year round base worthy of a Football League club.

Over the last few years, Worth School, Oakwood Football Club, the Sikh Gurdwara and Community Sport Centre at Ifield Green, Bewbush Pavilion and venues in Brighton and South London have all been tried.

Ultimately the club wants to move to a permanent base they can use everyday for the long haul.

Locations in Crawley are afflicted by clay soil which causes them to be unplayable on a regular basis when wet winter weather sets in.

Crawley currently train on nearby 3G artificial pitches.

Commercial and communities manager Joe Comper said: “There’s been a problem here for so long and I have been looking to identify a new training ground.

“We are conducting more thorough research after other venues fell through after we experienced unexpected problems.

“We are going through a proper process and so far had the input of several off-field and on-field staff including Kelly Derham (operations director), Bruce Talbot (general manager) and Gabriele Cioffi (head coach) and the head groundsman Ben Harwood.

“A location down the A23 was turned down because of the effect of added travel to get there for our London-based players.”

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Comper stressed a final decision on using the new venue has yet to be made but so far the reaction of all parties who have been involved has been positive.

He said: “We think we’ve got a good option to rent somewhere from July which would be a proper base with pitches, a gym and all the facilities we need.”

Longtime Crawley fan Comper has been commercial manager for 18 months after first being employed by Crawley Town Foundation.

He worked there as employment and skills manager to help young people into work through traineeships and BTEC Education programme, having previously gained experience of working in a foundation at Fulham.

Comper greatly enjoys his current role. He revealed: “There’s more pressure here as you have tight deadlines and you are not in complete control all the time.

“Last year my whole working life was based on getting us a new stadium sponsor (The People’s Pension). Before that I was working on the main shirt sponsor (also The People’s Pension).

“Over the last month or so we’ve been tying up back of shirt sponsors, back of shorts sponsors and training kit sponsors for next season.

“If you don’t get it done by the end of January and into February you’ve missed the boat as you have to place the order for the kit.”

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Former Liverpool and Crawley Town goalkeeper signs for Dover Athletic



Former Crawley Town goalkeeper Yusuf Mersin has signed a two-year contract to join National League club Dover Athletic.

The former Liverpool youth was released by Crawley earlier this month.

Mersin. 24, is a former Turkey under-18s international and was signed by former Reds head coach Dermot Drummy in June 2016.

In three seasons he made 19 appearances for Crawley, including just four this season in cup competitions.

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The 6ft 5ins tall stopper started out his career with Millwall’s youth set-up before sealing a move to Liverpool’s academy in January 2010, playing for their under-18s and under-23s teams.

Mersin eventually moved on to Turkish Premier League side Kasimpasa in 2014 until he returned to England with Crawley in 2016.

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Crawley Town target Ashley Nadesan offered new deal by Fleetwood Town



Crawley Town target Ashley Nadesan is being pushed by Fleetwood Town manager Joey Barton to commit his future to the League One club.

Straight Red podcast recently tweeted and we have reported that Crawley Town have shaken hands with Nadesan on an offer to securing the services of the former Horley Town striker who grew up locally.

Hopes of the possible signing going ahead were given a boost over the weekend.

The manager of the club Nadesan was on loan at, Carlisle United’s Steven Pressley was reported on social media that Nadesan is keen to return to the south to be close to his family.

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Crawley Town head coach Gabriele Cioffi said: “I don’t know if he will renew with Fleetwood, I don’t know if he will sign again with Carlisle United.

“I will be honest he is a player I like, let’s see what he will decide.”

Fleetwood manager Joey Barton called on Nadesan to commit to a new deal and prove he wants to be part of what he is building at Fleetwood Town.

The striker’s current three-year contract has been completed and he has been offered a fresh deal but has yet to put pen to paper.

Barton was eager to see Nadesan commit and be a part of his core of players.

He told our sister paper the Blackpool Gazette: “We want continuity. We have a nucleus of a squad that we can build around – Wes Burns, Alex Cairns, Ash Hunter, Ash Eastham, Paddy Madden.

“And we are hoping we can get Ashley Nadesan to commit and show he wants to be part of what we are doing here.”

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Portsmouth winger Jamal Lowe is one step closer to a Championship switch – League 1 and League 2 latest news



Barnsley and QPR have joined Sheffield Wednesday in the race to sign Sunderland defender Adam Matthews, as per Football Insider.

The 27-year-old is out-of-contract this summer with talks over a new contract yet to commence due to the club’s uncertainty around what division they will be in next season.

Jamal Lowe (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)

Jamal Lowe (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)

Even so, Matthews, believed to be one of the Black Cats’ highest-earners, has lost his starting 11 spot in recent months to Luke O’Nien.

Meanwhile, reported Sunderland target Lawrence Shankland has opened the door on a move to the Stadium of Light after confirming his Ayr United exit.

Portsmouth winger Jamal Lowe is one step closer to a Championship switch, according to reports.

The Daily Star report that Pompey’s failure to secure promotion to England’s second-tier could see Lowe push for a move away from the south coast.

And they have suggested Leeds United, West Bromwich Albion and Middlesbrough remain interested in acquiring the winger having been linked with him earlier in the campaign.

Lowe could be joined by Matt Clarke, as The Sun believe around £5million is likely to seal a move away from Fratton Park.

Peterborough United chairman Darren MacAnthony has shot down speculation linking the club with a move for Portsmouth goalkeeper Luke McGee.

MacAnthony was responding to reports from Sun journalist Alan Nixon, who said Posh were interested in Pompey’s out-of-favour shotstopper.

“Big Al is completely wrong,” said MacAnthony. ‘We’ve been offered Luke multiple times. Great guy is Luke but we are going in a different direction. So this time Alan is way off.”

Posh, however, are likely to lose defender Ryan Tafazolli this summer with Football Insider reporting that Swansea City are plotting a swoop.

Blackpool FC’s new owner is expected to be in control by mid-June.

The Blackpool Gazette understands four serious bids have been submitted and it is now the receiver’s job to consider these and determine the most appropriate way to conclude the sale.

Hong Kong-based businessman Simon Sadler and Henry Teh, an investor from Singapore, are thought to be the frontrunners.

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In other League One transfer news, a Bristol Live ‘exclusive’ states Nottingham Forest are interested in Bristol Rovers contract rebel Tom Lockyer.

Gillingham goalkeeper Tomas Holy is in advanced talks with Ipswich Town, the East Anglian Times understands.

West Ham United midfielder Jay Mingi has agreed terms to join Charlton Athletic this summer, says Football Insider.

Meanwhile, In League Two, Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has held face-to-face talks with in-demand Oldham Athletic George Edmundson.

Footbal Insider believes Gerrard attempted to persuade Edmundson to snub offers from elsewhere – including Peterborough United.

It is believed Gerrard has come away believing his sales pitch may be enough to sway the battle in the favour of his side.

The Lancashire Evening Post stated last week that Preston North End have watched him several times there is no current interest on their part.

Bristol City are preparing to rival Leeds United for Forest Green winger Reece Brown this summer, Football Insider reports.

It was revealed last week that Leeds had opened talks with the League Two side about signing Brown, who is out-of-contract soon, for a compensation fee.

However, Lee Johnson’s Robins are thought to be providing the Whites strong competition for the 23-year-old by beginning discussions of their own.

Several reports over the weekend have suggested City are closing in on another fourth-tier talent – Sammie Szmodics from Colchester United.

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