Reds to pull out the stops to extend Price’s loan

Lewis Price
Lewis Price

Crawley Town will be pulling out the stops to extended goalkeeper Lewis Price’s loan deal on Monday.

The 30-year-old Crystal Palace stopper’s one-month loan deal with Reds expires next week, but Reds boss John Gregory is hoping to arrange another 30-day loan with his parent club.

On the current arrangement, the 2-1 defeat against Port Vale on Saturday was Price’s last game, but Gregory is hopeful of an extension being granted by Palace on Monday.

He said: “We are talking to Palace on Monday, we’ve already spoken to them this week and I think Palace will make a decision on Monday. He has always been on a 24-hour recall which goalkeepers get slightly different dispensation than the rest of us.

“So he has always been on a recall, but we will have to wait and see if we get the chance on Monday to extend it.

“I have been pleased with Lewis and how he has gone about his job. He got a little bit exposed against Port Vale with the two opportunities that they had, but other than that he kept us in the game a couple of times to be fair.

“He’s been good to have around the place, he is a good pro as well and a fantastic trainer, so I am hopeful that we can secure him for another month.”

Reds have only experience keeper Brian Jensen on their books after releasing Jamie Ashdown in November, but Jensen is also currently on the transfer list.

Gregory has also confirmed that midfielder Marvin Elliot has signed a one-month extension on his short-term contract.

The Crawley boss added: “He was a little bit on his own and has missed that sharpness from being out the team, but he was one that could hold his head high against Port Vale.”