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Catching up with former Reds

3 July 2014

Former Crawley Town players on the move

 In the Conference North, Hednesford Town have completed the signing of former Crawley right back James Hurst.


Hurst joined the Reds on a one-year deal last summer after a short spell playing his football in Iceland. However, Hurst appeared just 18 times last season and after a loan stint with  League Two side Northampton Town he was released from his contract early. He went back to Iceland to play for Valur, where he's been prior to joining Hednesford this week.


Another former Reds man from last season, Gary Alexander, has announced his retirement from the professional game after over 16 years. 


Gary initially joined Crawley on loan from Brentford back in 2011 and played a crucial role in helping the Reds into League One before penning a permanent contract with the club. 


Gary took in loan spell with AFC Wimbledon and a similar stint with Burton Albion last season before he was released. Gary previously played for the likes of Millwall, Swindon Town and Exeter City. In total, the striker scored 15 goals for Crawley during his time with the Reds.


Last week, attacker Billy Clarke agreed a contract at Bradford City, which will keep him at Valley Parade until the end of the 2015-16 campaign. Billy originally joined Crawley from Blackpool on the last day of the January 2011 window following the departure of Matt Tubbs to AFC Bournemouth.


Irishman Billy, who can play in the wide positions, up front or in an attacking midfield role scored 20 goals in 82 appearances and he was part of the Crawley Town side which earned promotion to League One in 2012.


Staying in League One and Jamie Proctor has signed for new boys Fleetwood Town on a two-year contract. The Preston-born forward make a return to his north-west roots following the expiry of his Crawley contract at the end of last month. 


Jamie joined from Premier League side Swansea City in January 2012 and scored 13 times in 62 appearances for the club during his stay in Sussex.


In League Two, midfielder Gary Dicker has moved to Carlisle United on a two-year deal. Gary arrived at Crawley in January 2014 after his short-term contract at Rochdale came to an end and was in and out of the Crawley side before being released at the end of last season. 


Gary, a former Brighton & Hove Albion player, was linked with Notts County earlier in the summer but has agreed to move to the newly-relegated Cumbrians, who are hoping to make an instant return to League One under Graham Kavanagh.


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