Keeper Kuipers leaves Crawley Town

Michel Kuipers makes one of several saves in the win at Barnet last season
Michel Kuipers makes one of several saves in the win at Barnet last season

Goalkeeper Michel Kuipers has left Crawley Town after his contract was cancelled.

The Dutch stopper has played 51 times since his arrival in 2010 after being released by Brighton, but has not featured this season as he took on a coaching role with summer arrival Paul Jones an ever-present for the Reds.

Manager Richie Barker said: “Michel is one of the longest-serving players at the club and he played a big part in both promotions the club have achieved.

“This year he hasn’t been able to force his way into the side and in terms of coaching my assistant Taff Williams is also a goalkeeping coach so that role, which Michel did at the start of the season, is now covered.

“He was a popular figure around the place and will always be welcome at the football club.”

Michel said: “I would like to say a big thank you to everyone at Crawley Town from the chairman, directors and staff to all the players who I have played alongside.

“The supporters have always backed me over the past two-and-a-half seasons and I am really proud of the part I have played in raising the profile of Crawley Town with two successive promotions.

“When I joined the club had finished mid-table in the Conference and I leave challenging for the play-offs in League One. It’s been a fantastic part of my career and I will always remember my time at the club.

“I have been training every day and I’m as fit as ever. I am looking to continue as a player or player-coach and hope to bring my experience, motivation and dedication to another football club where I can start a new chapter in my career. I definitely feel I can play at League level and hopefully add a sixth promotion to my CV!”

What do you think about Kuipers’ departure, and as one of the club’s longest serving players, what is your favourite Michel Kuipers moment from his two and a half years at the Broadfield Stadium?