Crawley Town to field new signings for Billingshurst friendly

Crawley's John Gregory watches his side against Leyton Orient (Pic by Jon Rigby) ENGSUS00220131223182819
Crawley's John Gregory watches his side against Leyton Orient (Pic by Jon Rigby) ENGSUS00220131223182819

Crawley Town fans will have the chance to see all their new signings in action when they open their pre-season friendly campaign on Friday at Billingshurst.

Manager John Gregory wants to see his triallists in action and is waiting to see them perform before making two more additions to his squad on Saturday.

All nine new players who have already signed will play plus nine triallists for the short trip to the County League side.

Brian Jensen, Lanre Oyebanjo, Conor Henderson, Ryan Dickson, Sonny Bradley, Jimmy Smith, Matt Harrold, Izale McLeod and Gavin Tomlin will all be in action at the Jubilee Fields against the County League side, kick-off 7pm.

Gregory said: “We have had a few trialists in and a match situation is their chance to impress. I remember Tony Pulis using a phrase ‘midweek internationals’ to describe players who looked great Monday to Friday in training but didn’t perform on a Saturday afternoon. Well, the lads who are here will get that chance on Friday.

He added: “By the end of this week I hope to have at least two more in. We’re very close on a couple of things. We’re still looking to bring in four or five but we will be ready and raring to go by August 9 at Barnsley, that I can be certain of.”