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Crawley Town forward Reece Grego-Cox missed out on taking home the Republic of Ireland Men’s Under-21s Player of the Year Award at the ‘3’ FAI International Awards ceremony in Dublin on Sunday.

The Reds’ striker was nominated alongside Portsmouth winger Ronan Curtis, the winner of the award, and Liverpool defender Corey Whelan.

The 22-year-old has made eleven appearances for the Irish under-21s since debuting in 2015 and scored all four of his international goals in the Republic’s failed attempt to qualify for the 2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championships.

The former Woking player, who is now ineligible to represent the under-21s, is now aiming to cement his place in Gabriele Cioffi’s team and catch the eye of Ireland senior manager Mick McCarthy.

Grego-Cox has made 25 appearances in all competitions for the Red Devils this season but has yet to score for the club.

Speaking to crawleytownfc.com Grego-Cox said: “I really enjoyed playing for Ireland and it definitely improved me as a player. It was nice to get nominated for the award, a proud moment for me and my family.

“Now I want to kick on at Crawley and hopefully I can force my way into the full squad soon.”

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Sunderland struggling to offload defender, Ipswich Town reject new bid from Queens Park Rangers star for midfielder – League 1 and League 2 latest news

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Sunderland are struggling to offload defender Bryan Oviedo to Rosenborg and Club Brugge due to his wage demands. (Northern Echo)

Blackpool are on the brink of signing Rangers goalkeeper Jak Alnwick on loan after completing a medical on Monday. (Football Insider)

The Seasiders have warned the likes of Rotherham, Luton and Brentford they are under no pressure to sell their key players amid interest in Marc Bola and Curtis Tilt. (Blackpool Gazette)

Ipswich Town have rejected a fresh £450k bid from Queens Park Rangers for Alan Judge. The midfielder is keen to hold talks with the Championship outfit. (The Sun)

Rotherham United face a battle to keep hold of defender Clark Robertson with Sheffield Wednesday and QPR keen. (Sky Sports)

Both Coventry and Ipswich are considering an approach for former Leeds United and Aston Villa striker Ross McCormack. (TEAMTalk)

The Tractor Boys are in negotiations with Andre Dozzell over a new contract. Norwich City have been sniffing around the midfielder. (TWTD)

Norwich are also set to make a move for Bolton Wanderers youngster, Dennis Politic as their financial troubles continue. (The Sun)

That could be about to change with Football Ventures on the verge of taking over Bolton. Former Bradford City striker Billy Clarke is training with the club. (Sky Sports)

David Wheater has held talks with Oldham Athletic with his contract situation at Bolton Wanderers still uncertain. (The Sun)

Burton Albion are set to sign Hearts midfielder Ryan Edwards over the comings days. (Edinburgh Evening News)

Oxford United goalkeeper Simon Eastwood is attracting interest from Blackburn Rovers, who are in the market for two new goalkeepers. (Sky Sports)

Wycombe Wanderers have received an official bid from Millwall for defender Jason McCarthy as they attempt to beat fellow Championship clubs to his signature. (Football Insider)

Southend United have offered to a trial to defender Joe Shaughnessy following his release from St Johnstone. (Scottish Sun)

Meanwhile, The Shrimpers want to extend the trial period of Isaac Buckley-Ricketts, Ahmed Mohamed and Andre Blackman. (Echo News)

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Crystal Palace defender and Lewes midfielder join Crawley Wasps

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Crawley Wasps have signed Crystal Palace defender Hope Nash and Lewes midfielder Charlotte Owen ahead of their first season in the third tier of women’s football.

Both Nash, 21, and Owen, 23, bring higher-division experience to the newly-promoted Wasps squad.

Midfielder Charlotte Owen has joined Crawley Wasps from Lewes.

Midfielder Charlotte Owen has joined Crawley Wasps from Lewes.

Full-back Nash played 15 games in the FA Women’s Championship last season for Palace. She was also a key part of the Charlton Athletic squad that won the FA Women’s National League Southern Premier Division – where Wasps will play this season – in 2017-18.

Crawley-based Owen spent two years with Lewes, playing in both the third and second tiers, and was previously with Brighton.

“I just want to get back to playing and enjoying my football, and I think Crawley’s the best place for me to do that. It should be a great season,” she said.

Nash added: “It’s such a lovely club. The players and the coaching staff have been so welcoming – this is the best I’ve settled in at a club.

“There’s a winning mentality throughout the squad. We’re not here just to make up the numbers.”

Nash and Owen take Wasps’ summer additions to three, after the arrival of Lewes striker Rebecca Carter.

Paul Walker’s side were narrowly edged out 1-0 by Championship club Charlton in a pre-season friendly on Sunday and take on Nash’s other former side Palace this weekend, at the Ewhurst training base in Ifield Drive, Crawley.

They begin the new league season at home to Plymouth Argyle on Sunday August 18.

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