Young talent Bold makes Crawley Down switch
Crawley Down have snapped-up youngster Tom Bold from local rivals Three Bridges.
The midfielder a former member Brighton Centre of Excellence, has joined the Anvils after a short spell at their Ryman League neighbours.
Bold, 19, played nine games for Bridges after joining them in November from another Ryman club, Burgess Hill.
He was involved for his first game for the Anvils on Saturday and remained on the bench during their thrilling 2-2 draw away to title favourites Maidstone Utd, played in front of a crowd of 1,700.
Bold’s position at Bridges became weakened when they signed two experienced players, Williams Peauroux and Hassan Nyang in his position and having impressed while being a regular starter, he was relegated to the bench.
But he is happy to play the waiting game at his new club, knowing he will not immediately walk into the side.
Bold is a sixth former at Thomas Bennett Community College where he is studying for level 3 coaching badges.
He said: “It’s a very good club, they play a nice style of football. At my age it’s all about learning and I hope to learn from the experienced players there.
“I want to improve which I think I can do and want the challenge of earning my shirt.
“John Maggs has done very well in his career and I hope to learn from him and Ian Payne too. I am patiently waiting and when I get my opportunity I hope to take it and pay them back by playing well.”
Maggs said: “Tom is an outstanding player who’s very highly rated and he bolsters the whole squad. He was very good at Burgess Hill and I can’t wait to get him going.
Crawley Down are currently fifth in the Ryman South and this Saturday are at home to third-placed Leatherhead, kick-off 3pm.
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