News on the moves of former Reds
Nicky Adams has completed a move to Bury for an undisclosed fee from Rotherham United.
Nicky only joined the Millers from Crawley in January and was mainly used as an impact substitute.
It will be a return to Gigg Lane for the winger after he came through the Shakers' youth system before taking in spells with Leicester, Brentford and Rochdale prior to joining us in 2012. On signing a three-year-deal with Bury, Adams took to Twitter to say: “I'm absolutely buzzing to re-sign for @buryofficial. Back to my boyhood club. Great things happening there and can't wait to be a part of it.”
In the Premier League, former Crawley loanee Ben Hamer has completed a free transfer to Leicester City after leaving Charlton Athletic. Ben joined the Addicks in 2011 from Reading and was a regular in the side that won promotion from League One in his first season. The 26-year-old totalled 114 appearances for the Londoners prior to his move to the Championship winners on Thursday. Ben was an ever-present during the 2006-07 season for Reds and made 45 appearances.
Moving down the leagues and Craig McAllister has been appointed the new player/assistant manager at Conference new boys Eastleigh. 'Macca' will work alongside a former team-mate of John Gregory's at Aston Villa – Richard Hill. Craig was part of Reds' title-winning Conference side in 2010-11. Midfielder Jai Reason – who made a handful of appearances for the club in 2010-11 – has also agreed to stay for Eastleigh's maiden campaign in the top tier of non-league football. Reds go there for a pre-season friendly on July 26.
Staying in the Conference and ex-Reds winger Scott Neilson – famed for that winning goal against Accrington to seal our place in League One – has signed a new deal with Grimsby Town. Scott has been with the Lincolnshire side since leaving Luton Town last summer and made 34 appearances for the Mariners last season as they reached the play-offs.
In our division, former Crawley boss Richie Barker has agreed to become the new Head of Coaching at MK Dons. Richie took over from Gary Waddock as Karl Robinson's assistant with just six games of last season remaining. Richie spent 17 months as Crawley boss prior to departing in November 2013.
Tyrone Barnett has been placed on the transfer list at Peterborough United. Tyrone, who formed an impressive partnership with Matt Tubbs during the 2011-12 League Two season, hasn't had the best of times at Posh and spent the second half of last season at divisional rivals Bristol City. During his Crawley career Tyrone appeared 26 times and found the net on 14 occasions.
Sergio Torres was in London this week after he was shortlisted in the new writer category at the British Sports Book Awards for his book 'The Sergio Torres Story'. Sergio, who left Reds earlier this month appeared 147 times for the club following his arrival in 2010 from Peterborough United and was a key figure as Crawley went from the Conference to League One in the space of two seasons.
Darius Charles has penned a new deal with League Two side Stevenage. Darius played six games for Crawley after coming on loan from Brentford in 2007 and joined Stevenage on a free transfer from Ebbsfleet United in 2010. The 26-year-old has made played over 100 games for Stevenage.
Also in League Two, Paul Hayes has signed for Wycombe Wanderers following his release by Scunthorpe United. Paul was part of the Iron’s successful League Two promotion campaign but struggled to get back into the team following Paddy Madden's arrival at Glanford Park from Yeovil Town. On re-joining Wycombe – where he had a productive loan spell in the past scoring six goals in as many games – Hayes spoke of his delight on his Twitter account: “Pleased that I'm back playing for @wwfcofficial. Thanks for all the nice messages that I’ve received. Me and my family are very excited.”
Hayes joined Reds on loan from Brentford in 2013 and scored twice in 11 games for Crawley.